Why patients should consider dental implants for replacement of missing teeth

Why Dental Implants - Missing tooth and after replacedThe team at Gentle Dental Putney has a number of tooth restorations available for their patients. This includes dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants. Many times, as long as patients are appropriate candidates for them, our team may encourage patients to consider the advantages of dental implants.

Dental implants are a great choice for patients who want a permanent solution for the replacement of their natural tooth. A dental implant acts as a false tooth root that supports a dental crown, a bridge, or a denture, depending on the need of the patient. A dental implant can replace a single tooth or support restorations for replacing several teeth. Dental implants are the gold standard because they last a lifetime with proper care and they are highly successful in placement, achieving desired results in 99 percent of cases.

The team at Gentle Dental Putney uses dental implants for patients who have enough bone structure to ensure successful placement. Sufficient bone is needed because this is what holds the implant firmly in place. When the dental implant is put into the jawbone, the process of osseointegration can begin. This is the growth of the bone around the implant, which gives it stability. This may take several weeks but keeps the implant in the smile just as it does the natural teeth. Restoration of the implant typically includes an abutment and a dental crown, among other solutions.

The entire process from start to finish may take several months, but it can result in a lifetime of beautiful smiles. Patients must consult with their dentist to make sure they are a good candidate. A dental implant is placed during oral surgery and allowed several weeks to heal. Then, restoration of the implant is done. Once complete, patients are educated on how to care for their implant to reduce their risk of periodontal disease, a condition that can affect the implant and keep it from lasting as long as it should.

At Gentle Dental Putney, we want our patients to have a better understanding regarding the dental solutions available to them for their smiles. Contact our practice today to undergo an initial evaluation and x-rays to see if your smile can be enhanced with the use of dental implants.
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