Whatever your age, nothing makes a greater first impression than a beautiful smile. Unfortunately, not all mouths are created equal. If you happen to have one or more missing teeth, there are solutions available. And one of the most effective, hassle-free, and most natural-looking alternatives to uncomfortable dentures or partials is dental implants.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is an artificial root commonly made of titanium metal, that serves as a replacement for the root of your natural tooth. It is installed directly into the jawbone. Then, an artificial replacement tooth is attached to the implant, serving as an anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants are strong, solid and function just like real teeth. When it comes to recapturing the confidence associated with that youthful smile, there really is no greater option.
Are you a candidate for dental implants?
The best way to determine if dental implants are right for you would be to talk to your dentist. However, as a rule of thumb, if you are in good general health, have relatively healthy gums and sufficient bone within the jaw to hold an implant, you are likely a great candidate.
Where can you get dental implants?
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, your dentist can likely refer you to a dental specialist with specific training—these are usually ‘periodontists’ or ‘oral surgeons’. Specialists who place crowns, bridges and dentures on implants are called ‘prosthodontists’.
What can you expect at your initial assessment?
During your initial, non-invasive assessment, your dental specialist will carefully examine your mouth and bite, followed by some routine x-rays of your head and jaw. Based on these results, it will be determined whether or not dental implants are right for you. While no two assessment appointments are alike, dental implant technology is making the process easier for all patients across North America—from consultation to installation to restoration. Having the right specialist on your side is key.
Caring for dental implants
Since dental implants are placed in the jawbone, artificial replacement teeth attached to implants resemble and act just like natural teeth. And, like natural teeth, implants must be kept clean using proper oral care, including brushing and flossing. Your specialist will demonstrate proper cleaning techniques once your implants are in place. It is important to maintain regular dental checkups—not just for upkeep, but also, your dentist will want to monitor your adjustment to the implants and periodically check on the positioning of your bite. This is to ensure that your implants are not becoming loose.
Regardless of age, you should feel confident every time you open your mouth. You deserve to look as young as you feel, and there is no greater way of recapturing the look of a beautiful and healthy smile than with safe, effective dental implants. Speak with your dentist or oral care specialist today—and get ready to see a new and improved you.