Are you seeking a natural looking and secure way to replace a missing tooth? Do you currently have traditional removable dentures but find them to be uncomfortable and inconvenient? A missing tooth can impact more than just the appearance of your smile; a gap in your teeth can lead to more complicated – and costly – dental problems in the future. Even patients with traditional dentures often experience irritation or slippage along the gum line and may have difficulty chewing or speaking with ease. With dental implants, you can significantly improve the form and function of your teeth, boost your confidence, and maintain a beautiful smile that can last for decades.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants consist of a small titanium rod that serves as an artificial tooth root as well as a porcelain cap that is custom-made to match the surrounding teeth for a seamless smile. These titanium rods eventually fuse to the jawbone, providing exceptional support and making these dental restorations a permanent part of your mouth. Each dental implant feels and functions just like a natural tooth and requires zero extra maintenance. You can brush and floss your teeth without the need for the messy adhesives or pastes necessitated by traditional dentures. This treatment also offers patients increased chewing ability and improved speech, as well as a healthy, natural-looking smile.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Since dental implants are surgically implanted into the jaw, ideal candidates for the procedure will have a sufficient jawbone density to support the implant. During the consultation, your dentist will perform a comprehensive oral exam as well as review your medical history to ensure you are eligible for the solution. At The Art of Dentistry, patients of all ages have successfully improved their smiles with dental implants. Some patients with insufficient jawbone density may be candidates for implant-supported dentures or jawbone grafting prior to the dental implant procedure. To discover if you are a candidate for dental implants, please schedule a consultation today.
Dental Implants Procedure
The first step of the dental implants procedure is surgically placing the titanium rod or rods into the jaw. Once the jaw has healed and these artificial tooth roots have fused to the jawbone, custom-crafted porcelain crowns are attached to the implants, providing a long-lasting restoration for missing teeth. Dental implants can replace any tooth you may be missing, anchor a set of dentures for increased stability, or even enable you to get rid of a denture or partial entirely and have “real,” permanent teeth again!
Contact The Art Of Dentistry
To learn more about dental implants, please contact The Art of Dentistry today. Our staff will be happy to provide you with more information, as well as help you schedule a private consultation with Dr. Rutherford.