Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Ayuso or by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon referred by our practice. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implant Restoration
Besides the obvious blemish on your appearance, missing teeth can also create problems you can’t see. A big gap in your smile does not allow you to present your true self because you just don’t feel like smiling naturally. It may also be difficult to eat a proper, nutritious diet if you have trouble chewing certain foods.
At Lyndhurst Dental Associates, we want to help you achieve excellent dental health and feel great about the way you look when you smile. Dental implants restore your appearance, function like a natural tooth, and protect your oral health. They can be used to replace one or more missing teeth, or to secure a bridge or denture.
The Secret Behind Dental Implants
The primary difference between a dental implant and other types of tooth replacement is a tiny titanium post surgically implanted in your jaw. As it heals, the implant integrates securely with the bone.
This post is the foundation for the dental restoration that will be placed at our Winston-Salem dental office. Once the restoration is complete, the artificial tooth acts just like a natural tooth.
Dental implants are the closest replication of a natural tooth that modern dentistry has to offer. Implants look, function, and feel like your natural teeth. Dental implants have been around for decades, and the success rate is very high.
The titanium used for your implant is a biocompatible metal that your body readily accepts with little chance of rejection. Implants are strong and stable, and considered a lifetime restoration with just your normal good oral hygiene.
Replacing Missing Teeth
It’s obviously important to replace a missing tooth for aesthetic reasons. But the bigger problem is the effect that a gap in your smile can have on your overall oral health.
If a missing tooth isn’t replaced as soon as possible, the bone in your jaw can begin to deteriorate. This occurs because there’s no tooth root to stimulate regrowth of healthy bone and tissue.
Without a root to act as a placeholder, surrounding teeth can also begin to drift into the empty space. A dental implant eliminates this problem because it takes the place of the natural root.
Respectful, Understanding Treatment
We’re aware that you may be embarrassed about a missing tooth. But remember that you’re not alone, and we’ve seen people lose teeth for all sorts of reasons. We focus on helping restore your smile and confidence so you can get back to enjoying life.
The thought of getting dental implants may seem a little overwhelming because there’s a lot to consider. But we’ll help you weigh your options and explain the process so that you understand exactly what’s involved.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, dental implants are placed within your jaw bone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the dental implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Ayuso can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
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