What’s a Dental Implant
A dental implant is a permanent solution for those who suffer from tooth loss. By placing a titanium or zirconium post directly into the gum and jawbone, we can create a secure base for a prosthetic tooth that looks and feels like the real thing.
At SMA Dental, we are proud to offer a high quality tooth replacement option. Our dental implants offer dramatic advantages over other options, such as bridges and full or partial dentures. Implants are the only form of tooth replacement that are inserted permanently into the jaw, just like a natural tooth. Your implant will never get a cavity, can easily be flossed and saves neighboring teeth from needing crowns to serve.
The Effects of Tooth Loss
It’s apparent that eating, biting and speaking can be hindered when you’ve lost even a few teeth, but tooth loss can have detrimental effects if not treated properly. The bone underneath may begin to deteriorate, causing the face to look sunken and aged. In addition to physical effects, tooth loss can also have emotional ones that we often ignore, but ultimately they reduce our quality of life.
When Tooth Loss is a Health Risk
Unfortunately, if ignored, tooth loss can create some serious health risks that go beyond compromising the way we eat and speak. In addition to altering facial shapes, untreated tooth loss can cause:
- Deterioration of bone density in the jaw at an accelerated rate
- Jaw pain or TMJ due to a misaligned bite
- Increased risks for developing gum disease or further tooth loss
- Dietary restriction leading to poor nutrition causing a cascading systemic effect
- Psychological and emotional distress
WHAT TO EXPECT WITH DENTAL IMPLANTS
A small titanium implant that acts like a healthy tooth root is inserted into the jawbone to replace the tooth that was pulled or lost. A beautiful, custom designed dental crown is then connected to the dental implant with an abutment.
Healing time is required between when the implant is inserted and the placement of the crown. But the end result is a fully functional naturally radiant smile!
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are easy to care for. There’s nothing to remove and they’ll never decay – simply brush and floss as you normally would. They’ll last a lifetime with diligent at-home care and regular hygiene visits. And best of all, they give your jawbone the support it needs for optimal oral health, returning you to the foods you love, giving you confidence when speaking and offering the quality of life that you deserve.