Dental Implants

dental implantsIf you have lost a tooth, a dental implant may be the perfect solution to restore it. Dental implants can hold a single crown, dentures, or bridges to restore some or even all of your teeth. We’d be excited to restore your great smile! Call Androscoggin Valley Dental for an appointment.

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a replacement tooth root made out of titanium. It fuses to the jawbone, so it can be a secure base for a dental crown or another restoration, such as dentures. This can allow you to chew and smile again! A restored tooth can also protect your other teeth from uneven wear and uncomfortable movement.

The dental implant procedure consists of two stages:

  1. Placing Implants: A dental implant is surgically put into the jawbone. This titanium tooth root will then gradually become a permanent, secure part of the jawbone over the weeks of healing. You could receive temporary crowns or other restorations until you’re ready for your permanent ones.
  2. Tooth Restoration: When your implant is fully integrated into your jawbone, we can bring you in for a restoration. This can involve placing a color-matched, customized tooth crown on your implant, or we could place dentures on several implants.

At Androscoggin Valley Dental, we are experienced in restoring your unique smile once your implant procedure is completed by a surgeon and recovery is complete. Restoring your teeth will help you chew better, improve your nutrition, and prevent the pain of exposed gums.

We will make your restorations look and work just like natural teeth. Your friends and family shouldn’t say, “Look at those restorations!” They shouldn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. They should just enjoy your beautiful, confident smile again.

Dental implants are titanium rods surgically inserted into the jaw. These artificial roots provide a permanent base for replacement teeth.

Compared to crowns, bridges, and dentures, dental implants are a popular long-term solution for missing teeth or for people with chronic dental problems. Dental implants are the new standard in tooth replacement because they fit and function like natural teeth.

Dental implant surgical procedure typically has three parts:

  • The implant or placement: A screw used as the artificial root for your new teeth permanently fuses to your jaw.
  • The abutment: A connector that holds a tooth to the implant.
  • The crown (or prosthetic tooth): The artificial tooth typically is made of zirconium or porcelain for durability.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

The most obvious benefit is the ability for greater enjoyment of life. Anyone missing teeth understands that they sacrifice confidence and the ability to smile and laugh without covering their mouth in shame. But benefits go beyond this:

  • Improved appearance and overall self-esteem: Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth because they permanently fuse with your bone.
  • Improved speech and easier eating: With dentures, the teeth can slip and slide in the mouth, causing slurring or mumbling or difficulty eating. With dental implants, you speak and eat without worry.
  • Comfort and convenience: No more embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures or the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.
  • Improved oral health: Dental implants don’t require attachment to other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth don’t support the implant, your original teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health.
  • Durability: Implants are long-lasting and durable. With proper care, they will last many years. Some implants can last a lifetime.
  • Stops bone loss and protects remaining teeth: A natural tooth root provides continual stimulation to the bone surrounding it through force whenever you bite down or chew. If the tooth is absent, stimulation is lost, and bone recedes. By replacing your tooth root with an implant, stimulation is restored to your jawbone, halting further bone loss and preventing remaining teeth from moving out of position.

Let’s Discuss Dental Implants

If you’re missing a tooth or teeth, let’s have a consultation about implants. We can give you an examination and help you decide on the right course to improve your oral health. If you need an implant, we can refer you to an outstanding oral surgeon.

Call Androscoggin Valley Dental now to have a helpful and informative discussion about dental implants with Dr. Gulati & Dr. McCormack.