What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

Dental Implants: A great option for missing teeth

Did you know that 500,000 people get dental implants each year? That’s because dental implants can be a great tooth replacement option for many who have damaged or missing teeth. Dental implants are durable and last much longer than other tooth replacement options when taken care of appropriately. They also have a similar function and look like natural teeth. Dental implants can help build confidence to eat, speak and smile. So, what is a dental implant and is it a good tooth replacement option for you?

What is a dental implant?

The American Dental Association considers dental implants to be one of the most significant advancements in dentistry in the past 40 years.

Implants are made of titanium, a strong lightweight metal, and other safe materials. The dental implant procedure begins with surgically implanting a post, or a metal “root,” in the jaw. Implanting the metal post provides the support needed for the new tooth once it integrates to the jaw bone. Govani Dental then places a custom tooth, called an abutment, with a crown on top of the implant in a shade that matches the rest of the teeth.

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Implant dentistry takes time, so the procedure can be done in phases. During the process, we may make a space maintainer to help hold the space to prevent teeth from shifting and so that missing teeth don’t show while speaking or smiling.

While implants cannot decay like teeth, they are susceptible to gum disease. For that reason, implants require the same or better care as natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing and dental checkups will help maintain the bone and tissue that support the implant.

Benefits of dental implants

Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants replace the entire tooth and root. Because dental implants function and look like natural teeth, there are several advantages that make them a great option to replace damaged or missing teeth. Some of the benefits include:

  • High success rate
  • Long lasting
  • Natural feeling and appearance
  • Improved confidence in smile and function
  • Can help maintain bone height

Dental implants: Are they right for me?

Govani Dental will evaluate you carefully to ensure dental implants are the best option for you before proceeding with treatment. While implant dentistry provides a stable replacement for missing teeth, it is not right for everyone.

The best candidates for dental implants:

  • Are in good physical health
  • Have enough bone in their jaw to support the implant or to have bone grafting completed
  • Are willing to invest the time it takes for the healing process to take place
  • Are will and able to maintain good oral health, including keep the tissue clean, keeping regular appointments to ensure tissue health and protecting the implant with a bite guard while sleeping

You may want to reconsider dental implants as an option if you:

  • Are in poor physical health
  • Are a heavy tobacco user
  • Are going through radiation therapy near the neck or jaw
  • Have uncontrolled periodontal disease
  • Have uncontrolled diabetes

Once the evaluation is complete, Govani Dental will work with you to decide the best option for replacing your missing or damaged teeth. Because each case is unique, consult with Govani Dental to see if you’re a good candidate for dental implants.

We work in conjunction with our trusted specialists to promote healthy and beautiful smiles. If you are a good candidate for dental implants, Govani Dental will put you at ease throughout this tooth replacement process.

Building confident smiles

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Implant dentistry for missing teeth can give you a new, confident smile for a lifetime and can be a great tooth replacement option. If you are interested in or have questions regarding implant dentistry, call the office at 920-231-1955 to schedule a consultation Dr. Govani.