If you are missing a tooth or teeth, dental implants could be an exciting option for you. Tooth implants can be used to replace a missing tooth or even support dentures. They also have a very high rate of success.
What Are Dental Implants?
Each dental implant is a titanium tooth root that is surgically placed into the jawbone. There, the jawbone bonds to it after surgery, creating a very stable foundation for a new tooth or dentures. Technically, the dental implant is only the titanium post that functions as a new tooth root; whereas, the visible part of the replacement tooth is called a dental crown.
Benefits of Tooth Implants
Implant dentistry can relieve the frustrations and health problems that come with losing a tooth or teeth. A missing tooth can cause other teeth to move out of their best positions toward the socket.
Several missing teeth can cause you to change your diet to softer foods. Imagine being able to go back to when you had more teeth! Imagine the relief and confidence that would give you.
At Shumway Dental Care, we perform every step of the dental implant process in one office. This is convenient for you, because you don’t have to go to another location for surgery. You can get to know your dentist here, and stay with the same friendly team throughout. We’ll even design and place your crown or dentures.
We use a state-of-the-art CT scanner before surgery. This will help us find the ideal placement location in your jaw for your implant. We’ll plan it well to make it a success.
Am I an Ideal Candidate for Implant Dentistry?
Before we begin an implant for you, we’ll make sure that your jaw is ready for it. If necessary, we’ll even clean your teeth and eradicate any gum disease. Using our CT scanner, we’ll find if your jawbone has the right bone density to support an implant or implants.
If your bone density is low, we can perform a bone graft. This will add more bone material to your jaw, which will better anchor the implants.
How Much Do Tooth Implants Cost?
If you’re missing a tooth or teeth, the long-term costs to your health can be very high—though not immediately visible. You may not be able to eat the foods that you need, and that can lead to being under-nourished, which causes other health challenges. Missing teeth also cause your jawbone to slowly deteriorate due to lack of nerve stimulation from the tooth roots.
While tooth implants often come with the highest price tag of tooth restoration options, we truly see dental implants as a wise long-term investment. That’s because they become a solid and permanent part of your mouth, capable of lasting for the rest of your life. With the implant acting as a replacement tooth root, we can also stop your jawbone from decaying—giving you a younger-looking facial structure for longer.
Contact Dr. Shumway for Questions About Dental Implants
Implant dentistry can give you back your beautiful smile. Our friendly team here is excited to help you and guide you through the process. Call now if you’re ready to smile again and eat the foods you want.