Your Guide to Dental Implants

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Missing teeth can result from a variety of causes, such as injury, accident, or severe decay. If you are missing one or more teeth, you no longer have to rely on uncomfortable bridges or dentures that can make chewing and speaking difficult. Dental implants offer a permanent way to replace missing teeth, and can help prevent bone loss as well. Implants are strong, durable, and custom-made for you to match your existing natural teeth. Keep reading to learn more about dental implants and how they can benefit you.

The Dental Implant Procedure
Most dental implants are placed in a three-step procedure. Once you and your dentist have determined that dental implants are right for you, you’ll have an appointment during which the implant will be placed underneath your gums to function as the root of the tooth. After the site has healed and the implant has integrated fully with your jaw bone, a post will be attached to the implant that will eventually hold the prosthetic tooth. When your dentist is fully satisfied with the results, a custom-made crown will be attached to the abutment. The implant will look and function just like your normal teeth, so you can smile confidently again.

Candidates for Dental Implants
Only your dental team can tell you if you are a good candidate for dental implants. In general, you should be in decent overall health and good oral health. Ideally, you should have healthy gums and not have gum disease, but your dentist may be able to work with you to improve your oral health and make you a viable candidate for implants. You’ll also need enough jaw bone to support the implant.

Benefits of Dental Implants
While there are a number of options for replacing missing teeth, dental implants are the strongest, most stable, and most natural-looking option. Dental implants can last for many years when taken care of properly, and you won’t have to worry about the embarrassment that can arise with dentures.

If you’re missing one or more teeth, it’s time to take action. Call Oak Creek Dental Care at (888) 751-3514 to schedule a consultation to find out if dental implants are right for you. You can improve the look, function, and health of your mouth with the help of our Columbus dentists.

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