If you are struggling with a tooth that is failing, compromised, or missing, it can greatly affect your quality of life. Eating and chewing become more difficult, while smiling and talking to other people may cause you to feel self-conscious.
The good news is that there are excellent options available for restoring your compromised tooth, confidence, and oral health – and Dr. Call, your Surprise, AZ dentist, can help.
What Is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are by far the best tooth replacement option that modern dentistry offers since they restore both your tooth and your root.
They are also capable of replacing multiple missing teeth by supporting dental prosthetics such as a bridge or denture. This allows patients with multiple missing teeth to enjoy the health benefits that dental implants offer.
How Do Dental Implants Protect My Oral Health?
When a root is lost, your jawbone begins to deteriorate, which eliminates support for neighboring teeth and also impacts the appearance of your face. Bone deterioration is what causes the shrunken look that makes you appear older than you are that is so common in those with missing teeth. The dental implant is surgically placed directly into your jawbone to take the place of your root and keep your bone stimulated and healthy.
If you don’t replace a lost tooth, the surrounding teeth begin to shift and tilt toward the open space. This causes bite misalignment and can increase your risk of developing issues such as periodontal disease and tooth decay.
What Is the Process for Completing a Dental Implant?
Implant dentistry begins with your placement surgery. You’ll be happy to know that this can be completed here at RGC Dentistry and typically won’t require a referral anywhere else.
After placement, your implant is given time to heal and integrate with your bone, which it does naturally because it is made of titanium, a biocompatible metal that is easily accepted by the body. The integration process takes around three to six months.
When your implant is fully healed and integrated, it creates a stable foundation for your new implant crown. Once the crown is attached to your implant, your new tooth will look, feel, and function very similarly to your natural tooth, which means you’ll be chewing, eating, talking, and smiling again with ease.
A few purposefully placed implants can also anchor a dental bridge or support a partial or full denture. Implants provide stability and a more secure fit so denture wearers don’t have to endure movement or slippage when they’re talking or eating.
Would You Like to Learn More?
If you would like to learn more about how dental implants can benefit you, we encourage you to contact RGC Dentistry and schedule a consultation with Dr. Call. She can determine if implants will suit your needs, and she is often able to help patients who might not have been candidates for dental implants in the past due to bone loss.
We look forward to helping you reclaim your smile and your confidence!