A brilliant, white smile is always seen as an attractive sign of youth and good health – but unfortunately close to 180 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, with nearly 40 million Americans missing ALL of their teeth entirely!
That means that close to half of every American in the country is missing at least part of their smile.
Not only is missing a tooth going to have a huge impact on your overall confidence and self-worth, but it’s also going to cripple your dental health from the inside out as well. Thankfully, dental implants are the best way to replace that hole in your smile – while building up your confidence and improving your dental health all at the same time.
Dental implants are made up of three core components, a titanium post that is surgically implanted into your jawbone, a crown that sits atop this titanium post to look exactly like your natural teeth, and abutments that connect the post and the crown together.
Best of all, dental implants are a more affordable option today than ever before. You’ll be able to completely refresh your smile, improve your health and wellness, and lead a more confident and successful life with the help of this dental procedure.
What are the biggest benefits of dental implants?
The biggest benefit of a dental implant is that it looks and feels so much like a natural tooth, to the point where people – even dentists – won’t be able to tell the difference!
On top of that, the titanium post inserted into your jaw is going to promote healthy bone development. When you lose a tooth your bone begins to erode away in your jaw, but with a titanium post placed into that “missing spot” bone growth is actually activated and regenerated.
Another huge advantage is the way dental implants work thanks to this secure “bonding” with your jaw. You’ll be able to bite, chew, and laugh with total confidence. You’ll never have to worry about a dental implant flying out of your mouth the way you might have with “flappers” or dentures.
Of course, it’s another big advantage that you can take care of your dental implants just the same way you take care of the rest of your teeth. They can be brushed, flossed, and have mouthwash swished around them just the same as all your teeth!
What’s the dental implant process look like?
The dental implant process will (obviously) be unique for every individual, but all of these procedures go through the same basic phases.
For starters, your dentist and the oral surgeons here at Pinole Oral Surgery will collaborate together to find out how to best move forward with dental implants. A number of x-ray images will be taken to understand the healthiness of your jaw and what needs to be done to support the titanium posts. In some circumstances, bone grafting may be used to support and strengthen your jaw before moving forward.
After that, our team of oral surgeons here at Pinole Oral Surgery will go through the actual surgical implementation of these new posts. Over a couple of months your implants will bond with your jawbone, and at the conclusion of that bonding new abutments will be made to join the posts with your new dental crowns
The final stage is to check for fit and finish, make sure your new bite is healthy and supported, and then you are off to the races with beautiful new implants that totally refresh your smile from top to bottom.
For more information about the dental implant process, or to schedule a consultation, contact us here at Pinole Oral Surgery for more details!