Do you feel like you are missing something? Perhaps it’s your smile. You haven’t been smiling a lot lately. We think it’s because you feel self-conscious about that missing tooth. You need to know that you are not the only person walking around with a missing tooth. More than 120 million Americans have a missing tooth. 30 million Americans don’t have any natural teeth at all. If all you are missing is wisdom teeth, you probably don’t have any issues.
However, if you are missing other teeth, you may really feel self-conscious. You may not want to laugh or smile. You may be worried that people can’t understand you when you talk. Did you know that you don’t have to walk around self-consciously? You can have your teeth replaced and benefit your gums and jaw, as well. If you’re not sure what we mean, let Bryan Hill, DDS tell you about dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
We use dental implants to replace missing teeth. It doesn’t matter if you have one missing tooth, more than one missing tooth, or all of your teeth that are gone - we can replace those teeth for you good as new. Many people think implants are just a fancy way of saying dentures. However, dentures are removable, and dental implants are not. They are permanent, just like your natural teeth are. That said, we also offer implant-supported dentures, which is a removable set of dentures that clip into your mouth using dental implants.
Why Do I Need Dental Implants?
The best thing about dental implants isn’t that they make your mouth look amazing. That’s true - they do indeed. However, the best thing about dental implants is that they are the best thing for your teeth and gums besides your natural teeth. Implants anchor into your jaw the same way your natural teeth do. This is important, because once you start to lose teeth, and there is nothing for your jaw to do, your body may think that part of your jawbone isn’t necessary. Your body will begin to take pieces of bone away from your jaw. This makes your jawbone weaker, and over time, your facial shape could change. Implants are bone-saving jaw anchors.
Even better, our implants make you feel that you have all of the teeth that you need. You can do everything with implants that you can do with your natural teeth. You can smile, speak, and eat with confidence.
How Are Dental Implants Done?
Placing your implant isn’t as difficult as you might think. First, we make a gum incision, after we deaden your gums. We want you to be pain-free. After we make the incision, we place a screw into your gum. We screw the screw for your implant into your jawbone. This is how well your implant in anchored. We sometimes can put a temporary crown on the top of the screw. Sometimes we have to wait for the screw to heal before we put the permanent crown on top.
Do you have questions about having a dental implant procedure? Do you want to talk to someone? We can help! Give Bryan Hill, DDS a call at (509) 505-6303.