Everyone wants a healthy, beautiful smile, but if you are missing a tooth or several teeth, you may feel as though a confident smile is out of reach. If this is true for you, dental implants may be a great option to restore your smile.
A dental implant looks just like a natural tooth, so you no longer have to be self conscious about a missing tooth. We can match the color and shape of your new tooth to your natural teeth, so no one has to know you have an implant.
Some of your Questions:
Q. What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed in your jaw that looks, feels, and acts just like a natural tooth. It is a high-tech, modern dental option that creates a strong foundation for a bridge, crown, or dentures. Dental implants are made from titanium, a strong, fracture-resistant metal.
If you are replacing just one tooth, the implant is fused to your jaw, and the top of your implant is covered with an abutment. A crown is then fitted to the top of the abutment, creating a natural-looking tooth. Dental implants can also offer support for the replacement of many teeth if necessary.
Q. Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Dental implants are a great option for many people. To determine if they are the best option for you, please contact Shadow Valley Dental Group to set up a consultation.
Some requirements for dental implants include:
- Good health
- Enough bone structure in your jaw to support dental implants
- Healthy gums
Some medical conditions may slow healing after surgery, such as leukemia or diabetes. Smoking also hinders the healing process. If you have a medical condition that affects your immune system or an uncontrolled chronic disorder, an evaluation of your health will be necessary to decide if dental implants are a good choice for you.
Q. Caring for Your Dental Implants
If cared for properly, your dental implants can last a lifetime. Excellent oral hygiene is a must. You will need to brush and floss after every meal to ensure your implants are kept clean. You will also need to schedule regular checkups with Dr. Hasty for regular cleanings, x-rays, and maintenance. We’ll work with you to keep your dental implants in great shape.