Perhaps you’ve already talked to a dentist about dental implants, and you’re just deciding whether or not you want implants. Or maybe you are in the process of learning about implants and you’re wondering if they’ll solve your dental problems.
If you have missing teeth, you probably want a solution pretty quickly. And if you’re suffering with a loose-fitting denture or bridge, a solution can’t come your way fast enough.
Dental implants may be the best option for you.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants take the place of missing teeth. The biocompatible titanium screw (the actual dental implant) becomes your new tooth’s root. It is securely placed in the jawbone for a long-lasting fit.
Dental implants can:
- provide extra support for a loose-fitting bridge or denture.
- replace one or more missing teeth.
- restore the functionality of your teeth so you can speak, eat, and chew without problems.
- enhance facial structure.
- help prevent bone loss in the jaw area.
The dental implant procedure
The implant procedure can be well worth the time and effort. This is especially true for those who may need a bone graft or other restorative procedures.
For implant cases, the process of osseointegration needs to occur so the bone can fuse properly with the titanium screw. This ensures a long-lasting, solid foundation for the new tooth.
After the bone fuses successfully, a customized abutment will be placed on top of the implant. Finally, a customized dental crown will be placed on top of the abutment.
Your new tooth will look natural and will function just like your natural teeth.
Benefits of dental implants
- Patients can brush and floss their teeth like normal. You don’t need any special care instructions for the new implants.
- Dental implants help to prevent bone loss in the jaw area, as well as preventing gum recession, since the implants fuse with the jawbone.
- With dental implants, patients can speak, eat, and chew normally again.
- Unlike the dental bridge procedure, dental implants do not need the surrounding teeth for support. So this means, with dental implants, the surrounding teeth do not become altered in any way during the implant process.
- Dental implants will look and feel like your natural teeth (not fake or unnatural)!
What can I expect after treatment?
While dental implants can restore your smile and self confidence, it is important that you take care of your implants after your procedure, just like you would your natural teeth! You'll want to brush twice a day, and floss daily.
You can schedule all future dental appointments with Blevins Dentistry (including oral exams, cleanings, and implant checkups) to ensure that your implants, teeth, and gums remain healthy!
Dental implants at Blevins Dentistry
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants or if you want to see if they are right for you, call Blevins Dentistry today for an appointment.
We will gladly listen to your concerns and determine if dental implants are right for you.
We serve the following areas and cities: Mullins, Loris, Aynor, Dillon, Latta, Marion, Conway, North Myrtle & Myrtle Beach, Longs, Little River, and Florence.
We look forward to serving you!