Dental implants provide an excellent option for tooth replacement, whether you need one tooth or many replaced through natural-looking restoration. These tooth implants last decades and offers permanent solutions after tooth decay, extractions or other problems.
Dental implants include a titanium post or screw fitted into your jaw bone, much like a tooth roots in place. This post keeps your jaw healthy and facial muscles taut to retain your face shape after losing a tooth. On this screw, your dentist places a porcelain crown that looks like your natural teeth in color, size, and shape.
Unlike other methods of tooth replacement, dental implants do not cause discomfort. Nor do they require costly replacement for many years afterward. Implants remain in place, not loosening or requiring daily removal like full dentures. Further, implants do not damage your surrounding teeth or need those for support.
Caring for Your Dental Implants
As with any teeth, implants require daily oral hygiene and routine checkups with your dentist. But to obtain an implant, you need healthy bones and gums. Your bone must be adequate enough to support your newly implanted tooth. When your bone is not right for implant placement, sometimes a bone graft helps.
As with natural teeth, your implants need dental care and some caution. You cannot chew on ice, hard candies or other things that break natural teeth. You need to quit smoking and practice proper health measures along with your twice-daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and daily flossing between and around your teeth.
If you take good care of your tooth implants, as you do your natural teeth, these beautiful tooth replacements last a lifetime. Many exceed 20 years before needing a new crown. Because your jaw bone grows around the titanium post and fuses with it, an implant acts like your natural tooth in all ways.
Getting Your Tooth Implants
Tooth implants provide many years of comfort and stability while maintaining a complete, straight and healthy-looking smile. An implant consists of a titanium screw or post placed in the gums of your missing tooth. The first step to gaining tooth implants is usually tooth extraction or a consultation with your dentist about this tooth replacement option.
When your dentist places your implant into your jaw bone, it must stabilize for a period of time before you gain the new permanent crown. The crown is the part looking like a natural tooth, one placed on top of the rod. Each screw or rod supports one to several crowns. A dental lab makes your crown to match your surrounding teeth in color, size, and shape.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
You meet the requirements for dental implants if you maintain good health and have healthy gums and a jawbone to support the device. You must understand the need for good daily oral hygiene and routine visits to the dentist for your tooth implants and surrounding teeth to remain healthy and supported. Your Orlando family dentist helps you understand whether you meet the requirements for a dental implant.
Tooth Replacement in Orlando, Florida
In Orlando, Florida discuss your desire for a dental implant or other tooth replacement with S. Keith Mahan, DDS. Dr. Mahan and his team of caring dental staff offer these dental procedures along with a wide range of dental care. Dental services in Dr. Mahan’s office include:
- General dentistry
- Family and cosmetic dentistry
- Restorative dentistry
- Tooth whitening
- Pediatric dentistry
Having a natural looking, attractive appearance builds your self-confidence and keeps you looking your youthful best. So call S. Keith Mahan, DDS now at 407-841-7241 for more information about dental implants, teeth whitening and other services for your best smile.