Are missing teeth standing between you and a healthier, happier smile? At Smile Fitness Dental Center, we offer a strong and beautiful alternative to other restorative options like bridges, partials or full dentures. They’re called dental implants.
With dental implants, our patients will see improvements in their smiles and their overall well being. A complete dental implant procedure will also restore the look, feel and function of your smile. This is thanks to the titanium anchor that will attach your replacement tooth to the jawbone. It’s even possible for dental implants to anchor a bridge, partial or full denture to eliminate slipping.
Every patient interested in dental implants should first come in for an evaluation appointment. Your exam will include a traditional exam and preliminary X-rays. After completing a thorough exam, our dentists can tell you whether you’re a candidate for dental implants. To be a candidate, patients have to have an adequate bone structure for placement.
Here’s what you can expect if dental implants are right for you. In the first stage of your procedure, a titanium post will be placed in your jawbone. How many posts you receive will depend on how many teeth you’re replacing. A single tooth gets a single post, while a partial or full denture will require multiple posts.
After this stage, nature will take its course. Over a period of time, your bone will fuse with your titanium post and create a solid, natural foundation for your new smile. When the bond is strong enough, you’ll return to our office to have your new tooth (or teeth) attached. Your entire implant procedure, from the examination phase to the implant placement and restoration, will all be done under one roof with the dental team you know and trust.
Once the dental implants are secured and your mouth has healed, your restorative dentist will attach a handcrafted, permanent crown to each post. The restoration will match your natural teeth and blend seamlessly with your smile.
By imitating an entire natural tooth from the root up, dental implants offer a prosthetic that closely mimics nature. The result! Dental implant patients enjoy restored function, which allows a healthy diet of hard to chew foods. Speech may also improve. Your new smile will boost your confidence, enhance your appearance and improve your quality of life.
Patients with more advanced tooth loss may want to consider an implant retained partial or full denture. Just like removable prosthetics, the implant varieties use a gum colored base to support numerous replacement teeth. Dental implants make it possible for us to anchor these advanced restorations in a more natural way for improved function.