Missing teeth come with a slew of side effects that can cause difficulty eating and chewing and even affect the way you look. While filling in your gaps can help to decrease the chances of these problems, traditional options like dental bridges cannot replace the tooth’s root. Dental implants, available from Smile Sculptors of Wake Forest in Wake Forest, NC, can do all of these things and more. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. Shanean Michelle Anderson.
What can dental implants do for me?
Dental implants are versatile, permanent and effective, accomplishing several different things in various situations. A single implant can replace a single tooth. Your dentist uses one fixture, a small titanium post, placed into the bone underneath the missing tooth. The fixture holds a single dental crown in place to replace the tooth above the gumline. Multiple tooth replacement requires a dental bridge-like restoration consisting of two or more prosthetic teeth in a row. Implant fixtures on either side of the gap hold the restoration in place. Patients missing all of their teeth benefit from implant-supported dentures. Four or more implants throughout the arch hold an entire denture in place.
What can I expect from the dental implants procedure?
Implants require an oral surgery to place the implant’s fixtures into the bone of the mouth. Before the placement procedure, your dentist will talk with you about the process, realistic expectations and care at a consultation. After implanting the fixtures, they will integrate into the bone over the course of several months. After successful integration, your dentist will place the replacement teeth over the fixtures, completing the implant.
Dental Implants in Wake Forest, NC
Dental implants require an oral surgery procedure to place the implants’ fixtures. A good candidate for dental implants should be in good physical and general health with no dental issues such as tooth decay or gum disease. Candidates should have realistic expectations for their results and understand that implants can last a lifetime, but only with the proper care. Patients should brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss once, taking care to schedule regular dental examinations and cleanings every six months for optimal oral health.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Shanean Anderson at Smile Sculptors of Wake Forest in Wake Forest, NC.