Maintaining a bright and healthy smile is important because that’s one of the first things people notice when they see you. If you’ve lost teeth due to injury, tooth decay or disease, having missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious. But, with the help of dental implants, restoring that healthy smile is one step closer.
What are dental implants?
For many, Dental Implants are the key to regaining that lost self-confidence and once again having a smile worth showing off to the whole world.
Dental implants are metal posts or frames that a dentist puts in your jawbone underneath your gums. They are inserted using a screw that is placed into the jawbone. The jawbone will need to heal anywhere from three to six months before the replacement teeth can be mounted.
After a dental implant dentist confirms that the jawbone and gums are healed sufficiently, an abutment needs to be placed to help create replacement teeth. Once your new teeth are ready, the dental implant dentist will attach them. It’s important to note that in order to be a candidate for dental implants you need to have healthy gums and enough bone to support the implants.
Benefits of dental implants
Once you and your dental implant dentist decide that you are a candidate for dental implants, he or she will also explain the benefits that go along with having them:
- No future cavities or decay
- Can last a lifetime if maintained properly
- Look & feel like natural teeth
- Easier eating
In order to reap all of those benefits, you need to take care of dental implants just as you would your regular teeth. This means brushing your teeth and keeping up with dental visits. Not doing so can compromise the effectiveness of the dental implants.
Do you want more information about implant dentistry? Look no further than Lehigh Dentistry. Our team of highly experienced dental implant dentists will explain the process to you and help determine if dental implants are right for you. Call us today at 239-321-6464 to schedule a consultation for dental implants or to find out about one of the many other dental services we offer. Our office is located at 1001 S Loop Boulevard in Lehigh Acres. We look forward to meeting you!