Our Dentists are Dental Implant Experts
Are you missing teeth, or have damaged teeth and want them replaced without having to wear dentures? Dental implants may be your answer.
By age 44, statistics show that 7 out of 10 adults have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, infection or tooth decay. In addition, by age 74, 1 out of 4 adults have lost all of their permanent teeth.
Twenty years ago, these patients would have had to get a fixed bridge to replace the lost teeth or removable dentures to restore their ability to eat, speak clearly and smile.
Today dental implants are one of the newer restorative options used to replace missing teeth or provide anchor points for dentures. They are often used instead of bridges since they can replace missing teeth without affecting neighboring natural teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are simply artificial roots (usually made of titanium) that are placed by Dr. Shumway where your natural roots would be in your upper or lower jaw. Once the titanium rod is in place and the area is healed (typically 3-6 months), he will place a natural looking tooth or set of teeth on the rod that will enhance and restore your smile!
If you are considering dentures, dental implants may be a better option for you. The process is similar in that you will have teeth extracted, a healing period, and a temporary until the healing is complete.
When your treatment is complete Dr. Shumway will provide care instructions. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in enhancing the life of your new implant(s).
Dental implants are strong and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
If you would like to learn more about how dental implants could help your smile, call today for an appointment.
Benefits of Dental Implants
One of the benefits of implants is that they usually aren’t receptive to cavities, which means that you won’t have to worry about getting a filling, or seeing a small hole form in the tooth that causes pain in the nerve, as the material doesn’t allow for a cavity to form.
Implants are much more stable than some of the other options when it comes to missing or broken teeth. An implant can help to keep the other teeth in the mouth from shifting if you are getting an implant for a missing tooth. With the proper care, your implant can last about 10 years or longer.
You might need to get implants adjusted after several years, but you’ll find that there is little work involved in caring for them aside from the care that you would normally provide for your teeth.
When you get implants, you will have a natural smile. You won’t worry about going out with family and friends simply because you have missing teeth. The implants will look and feel like natural teeth, allowing you to brush them like normal and eat many of the foods that you enjoy.