Are you tired of missing teeth? Are you fed up with having to pick and choose what you eat every day? Are you done with hiding your smile behind your hand in social encounters? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, dental implants may be a good choice for you. Keep reading and you’ll find out how these marvels of modern dentistry can change your life for the better.
Dental implants have been used in one form or another for hundreds of years. Today, however, most teeth implants look like small posts. They come in different sizes and styles, but most of them are made from medical-grade titanium. They all have one thing in common, however – they can be used as artificial tooth roots to replace your missing teeth. Dental implants will help you:
- Smile with more confidence
- Eat any kinds of foods you want
- Protect your oral health and keep the rest of your body healthy
- Aid your digestion through complete chewing
- Appear healthier and more attractive
- Improve your overall self-esteem
We can place your dental implants right here in our Lexington dentist office. With a carefully planned procedure, mapped out with 3-D imaging, we will insert one or more implants into your jawbone. Over the next few months, these titanium posts will chemically fuse with the bone in your jaw in a process known as osseointegration. As your jaw heals from the surgery, your new implants are also becoming one with your jawbone.
Restore Your Smile & Your Bite With Implants
When the healing process is complete, then we can begin the restoration process. You’ll have several types of fantastic dental restorations to rebuild your smile. For a single missing tooth, we can make a beautiful new CEREC crown right in our office – while you wait! It will attach to your implant and restore virtually all your biting and chewing power.
If you have several missing teeth in a row, an implant-supported bridge will do the trick. Rather than anchoring to your other teeth as a standard bridge does, this bridge is secured to two or more dental implants.
We can even anchor complete arches of dentures to dental implants. The implants will provide a much more stable and comfortable fit than conventional dentures can. They will stay securely in place without the need for any bad-tasting adhesives. You won’t ever have to worry about them flying out of your mouth when eating, talking, laughing, or singing!
Many of our patients are good candidates for a same-day smile procedure. This means you could get your new implants and new teeth in a single appointment without waiting. You could walk into our office with few or even no teeth, and walk out with a beautiful and fully functional smile. We can even place your implants immediately after a tooth extraction. Dr. Takacs, or one of our other skilled dentists, will work you to determine the right kind of implant procedure for your situation.
Implants Will Protect Your Jawbone
One other fantastic benefit of dental implants that our patients love is that they will actually contribute to the health and integrity of your jawbone. When you lose a tooth, the bone in that area will slowly begin to resorb, or deteriorate over time because it doesn’t have a tooth root to stimulate it.
However, implants function as prosthetic tooth roots, not only supporting many types of replacement teeth, but also stimulating your jawbone to make new bone cells. This will help you avoid that “sunken face’ look that can make you appear older if you’ve had missing teeth for a while.
A Bone Graft or Mini Implants May Be Your Best Option
If you have already suffered bone loss and been told that dental implants are not a good option for you, a bone graft procedure may be able to help. We’ll place synthetic bone material in your jaw that will encourage your bone to produce new growth. In a few months, your jaw will be ready for implants.
Mini dental implants may also work for you if standard implants or a bone graft procedure are not options. These implants are smaller so they require less bone to fuse with. Plus the placement procedure is less invasive so they offer a shorter, more comfortable healing period.
As you can see, Beaumont Family Dentistry offers you many great ways to use dental implants for your missing teeth. To set up an appointment at one of our locations, call us today at 859-554-1772 or contact us online.