When it comes to restorative dentistry, East Mahogany Dental goes above and beyond to provide solutions that balance the cosmetics of your smile and the improvement of your dental health. Our dental implants are made with this in mind: they make you look good and they make you feel good.
If you are missing one or more teeth, our dazzling dental implants may be the procedure you’ve been waiting for.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an advanced solution to replace one or more missing teeth. They are crafted to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth and restore your smile. And thanks to their state-of-the-art design materials, they can last a lifetime!
The dental implant is made of three separate parts:
- The Implant: This piece goes under the gums to sit in the jawbone.
- The Abutment: A connecting piece that secures the prosthetic onto the implant.
- The Prosthetic: Replacement for the chewing surface of your tooth.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
While missing teeth have an obvious impact on the aesthetic of your smile, it can also pose a concern for your overall oral health. Dental implants work to prevent and correct these issues in the following ways:
- Protecting Against Gum Disease: Great dental health can only be achieved when the soft tissue and hard tissue of your mouth work in unison. When you are missing a tooth, it creates an opportunity for harmful bacteria to infect your gums. With a dental implant, the exposed gum is provided extra protection against gum disease.
- Restoring Bite Strength: Many who are missing teeth find that chewing can become more difficult. This is due to missing teeth being able to alter one’s bite, sometimes to the point that it can deteriorate the integrity of the jawbone. However, with a dental implant, you can enjoy all of your favorite foods again because it functions just like a natural tooth.
- Maintaining the Stability of Natural Teeth: Missing teeth can have dire consequences on your remaining teeth. A space along your gums allows your other teeth to shift, causing crooked teeth and weakening your ability to chew. With a dental implant to support your remaining teeth, this is no longer an issue.
What Is the Dental Implant Process?
Restoration dentistry can be as much of an art as it is a medical procedure. With each procedure, we want our patients to enjoy the benefits of a healthy, full, and cosmetically-pleasing smile. To reach such a goal, we begin the dental implant process with a consultation, to assess your individual needs and expectations for the procedure.
After the initial consultation, a comprehensive dental exam will be necessary. This may require x-rays, 3D images taken of your mouth, and impressions being made from your teeth and jaw. All of this information will help us not only craft your dental implants but help decide how to best meet your needs.
The Treatment Plan
With the information provided from the comprehensive dental exam, it is time to create an individualized treatment plan. Our incredible dental team will work with you to discover what approach accommodates your schedule and lifestyle. This discussion can include the time frame of the dental implant procedure, medications you are currently on, and anesthetics.
If you are one of the many who suffer from dental anxiety, there’s no need to worry. We offer a sedation dentistry option to make all of our treatments as comfortable as possible. Please discuss this option with our dentists during your consultation and treatment plan discussion.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Once your treatment plan has been completed, the procedure itself is a straightforward process. This is all thanks to the amazing dedication from our dental team who combine the latest in oral surgery techniques with advanced dental technology.
- Preparing the Site: This step involves preparing your mouth for the dental implant. It can involve removing a damaged tooth or inserting a bone graft if portions of your jaw are too thin or have been weakened.
- Placing the Dental Implant: We will expertly and carefully insert a titanium post into your jawbone. This will act as your new tooth’s roots, giving it the stability and strength to function like your natural teeth.
- Adding the Abutment: After the dental implant has properly attached to your bone tissue in a process known as osseointegration, an abutment is placed atop the dental implant’s post. This allows the gums to heal around the dental implant but still gives access to it via the abutment.
- Placing the Crown: All that is left now is for the abutment to be “crowned.” A crown is an artificial tooth, which will be shaped and shaded to match your natural teeth for a complete and restored smile!
Learn More About Dental Implants by Contacting Us Today!
With missing teeth posing a threat to your dental health as well as the confidence you have in your smile, waiting simply isn’t an option. Thankfully, we at East Mahogany Dental are one call or click away from helping you restore your smile with dental implants. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!