When you think of artificial teeth, do dentures automatically come to mind? Well, it’s time to expand that picture because there’s something new on the market, which may be just for you – dental implants.
Unlike dentures, which have to be taken in and out, implants are attached directly to the jawbone. Implants are more comfortable to wear than dentures and bridges, and they work better. They make it easier for you to chew and speak, thus increasing your self-confidence and esteem.
If you are considering implants, be sure to talk with your dentist about whether they are right for you. Your dentist will perform a complete oral exam, take a medical history, check the condition of your mouth, the supporting bones in your jaws and the way your upper and lower teeth fit together to determine whether or not implants are appropriate for you.
If you decide that implants are the best option for you, the process will begin with inserting the anchor into its place. After the new bone has stabilized the implant, restorative teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Your dentist will make sure that the implants fit properly so that they are comfortable and work properly.
Brushing, flossing and regular dental visits are essential to the success of dental implants. Your dentist will give you instructions on proper care and will regularly watch the healing and attachment of the implant to the jaw.
Implants can last for many years with careful daily oral hygiene. However, only your dentist can tell if and what type of implant is right for you, and recommend a qualified professional who will take good care of you. So if you’re thinking you’d like to have implants, see your dentist today and be prepared to smile on.