If you have missing teeth, you may have considered using a dental bridge or dentures as tooth replacement options. These are both effective choices and can restore the functionality and appearance of your smile, but another option that provides even better stability is dental implants. You can find this dental treatment at Unique Dental Care in Mesa.
It might not seem like a huge deal to have one or two missing teeth, especially if the gaps aren’t very visible (located towards the back of the mouth). However, you likely find that the missing teeth inhibit your ability to speak and enjoy food. Additionally, leaving gaps in the teeth can cause bone recession to occur. Dental implants stimulate the jaw bone (which bridges and dentures cannot do), preventing bone recession.
A dental implant is a small metal post that is surgically inserted directly into the jawbone. It supports a dental prosthetic, such as a crown or fixed dentures. Because they are fused directly into the jawbone, they are much more stable than other tooth replacement options and can last a lifetime.
To have dental implants placed in Mesa, your dentist at Unique Dental Care will first examine your overall oral health and bone structure to determine whether your jaw can support the implants. If not, a bone graft may first be necessary to build up the bone structure.
To place dental implants, your dentist will make a small incision in the gum line over the site of the missing tooth (or teeth; one implant can support multiple tooth restorations). The jawbone will be prepared to receive the implant by having a small hole drilled, and the post will be inserted into place. The gum tissue will be stitched closed and the site will be left to heal for several months. Over the course of this time (approximately four months), the jawbone will fuse with the implant in a process called osseointegration. Once it has completely fused, you will return to Unique Dental Care to have the artificial tooth/teeth attached to it. The tooth restoration will require the same maintenance as natural teeth and can last a lifetime.
To learn more about dental implants and whether or not it is the right procedure for you, make an appointment at Unique Dental Care in Mesa.