When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants mimic the natural teeth in a way that no other prosthetic can do. That is because Dr. James Phelan completes a surgical procedure that provides you with artificial roots to hold your replacement teeth in place. This consists of a titanium cylinder that he screws into your jaw at the site where you are missing a tooth. Receiving your new tooth roots is the first part of the procedure for dental implants. After allowing up to several months for your jaw and gums to heal, you’re ready for the next phase of the process.
Your New Teeth
The reason you must allow several months for healing is to allow your new roots the opportunity for osseointegration. This means that they fuse in place and are capable of supporting the dentures as well as bridges and crowns if you need them. You may need to return to Exquisite Smiles several times so he can check on the progress of your healing. Once he is certain that osseointegration has occurred, the next step it to secure your replacement teeth to the titanium rods and you’re good to go.
Dental implants offer several benefits besides a completely natural appearance. Because your new teeth are firmly in place, you can eat any food you like without the fear of breaking them. Unlike removable dentures, dental implants do not affect your speech and they are comfortable to wear. You don’t have the feeling of hard plastic across the roof of your mouth nor do you have to buy special cleaning products. These are just some of the reasons more people are opting for permanent dental implants over other teeth replacement options.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Whether you are missing a single tooth, several consecutive teeth, or all your natural teeth, dental implants can restore your mouth to full functionality while improving your smile at the same time. Please contact us at your convenience to request a consultation.