Dental Implants Restore the Comfort and Function of Your Smile
Missing teeth can compromise the appearance of your smile, allow remaining teeth to shift out of place, and cause the jaw to atrophy. The best way to avoid these problems is with dental implants. Surgically embedded in the jaw, dental implants are titanium posts that fuse to the bone, replacing a lost tooth root. Dentures, crowns and bridges can be attached to an implant to give you a smile that is supremely functional and comfortable. In fact, dental implants can provide you with a lifetime of support for your restorations. If you are interested in learning more about how dental implants can help you, contact the Jackson practice of Dr. Danny O'Keefe. This life-changing solution can help you stop worrying about your dentures, and start enjoying the simple pleasures of eating, smiling, and chatting with friends again.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Traditional dentures are held in place over the gums with a mild adhesive. This method can lead to the embarrassing situation of a denture slipping out place while speaking or eating. Implant-retained dentures eliminate this problem. With dental implants, dentures are held firmly in place so you can eat and speak with complete confidence!
Implants are also an outstanding choice for patients who need bridges. Traditional bridges require the placement of crowns on adjacent teeth, which are used to hold the dental bridge in place. Because implant-supported bridges rely solely on the implant, they do not require the alteration of healthy teeth. Meanwhile, if you are missing a single tooth, an implant can support a single crown to complete your smile.
Dental implants also maintain the structure of your jaw by preventing bone atrophy. When a tooth root is missing, the body begins to resorb the surrounding bone cells, which can weaken the jaw, leading to further tooth loss. The body perceives a dental implant as a tooth root, effectively halting this process. Because of the immediate and long-term benefits dental implants provide, they are one of the very best investments you can make in repairing a compromised smile.
How are Dental Implants Placed?
Placing dental implants requires two surgeries. First, X-rays will be taken to determine where to place the implant. The surgery begins with a small incision at the gum. Next, a pilot hole is drilled into the jawbone. The threaded implant is then inserted into the bone. Finally, the gums are stitched closed over the implant. Over the next three to six months, the implant will fuse to the bone.
During the second surgery, an incision will be again made at the gum. Next, an abutment is connected to the implant. This serves as a point of connection for your prosthetic teeth. Lastly, the gums are stitched together around the abutment. Your gums will complete their healing over the next few weeks. During this time, we will craft your permanent restorations.
For certain patients, a shorter treatment period may be available. We are proud to offer All-on-4® implants, which retain an entire dental arch with just four implants, and allows you to place implants and receive your artificial teeth in just one day!
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Don't suffer with a compromised smile any longer. Contact us today to learn more about dental implants.