Are Dental Implants for You?

Are Dental Implants for You?

January 6, 2022

Dental implants are durable, natural-looking, and long-lasting. But are they for you? At Shore Dental, FL, we know that although implants require a substantial investment of time, they offer many benefits for long-term dental health.

Implants are Just Like Your Own Teeth

Aesthetically, implants look great, and because they are fused to the jawbone, they last just as long as your own teeth, too. They’re considered permanent with proper care, unlike dentures which typically last no more than eight years. And, also unlike dentures, the sturdy positioning of implanted teeth means that neither eating nor speaking will be interrupted or altered in any way.

In addition, because an implant replaces the tooth root, bone strength is supported, strengthening your jaw, and making bone loss after the procedure very unlikely.

The titanium post that secures an implant then bonds with jawbone tissue through a process called osseointegration. This builds a strong base for your implanted tooth or teeth.

Implants Take Time and May Involve Additional Steps

Of course, the many steps involved in receiving an implant can be a consideration. The time required to place the titanium post, then create and install a natural-looking, may not appeal to you.

Or you may be concerned that a bone graft might also be necessary if significant jawbone erosion has already occurred and there is not enough bone to fully support an implant.

Lastly, we know that cost can be a factor when considering an implant. However, we’re happy to discuss the variety of finance options we offer, and most dental insurance plans cover a large portion of the implant cost.

The Process of Receiving an Implant

So, what exactly does the implant process entail?

  • Discuss Your Options
    The first step is to make an appointment with your dentist to examine your mouth and discuss the implant process with you. Your dentist at Shore Dental, FL will help you decide if dental implants make a good choice for you and tell you whether a bone graft is necessary to place the implant securely.

Along with individual implants, if many teeth need to be replaced or are missing, your dentist may suggest a denture supported by four anchoring implants, rather than individual implants for each missing tooth. Lighter weight mini implants could be another option.

If a bone graft is necessary due to bone loss, undergoing and healing from this procedure is necessary before an implant is placed.

  • Insert the Implant into the Jawbone
    Once the implant is inserted, a temporary crown may be added until a permanent crown can be placed. It can take several months for your mouth to heal and be ready for the permanent crown.
  • Attach Abutment and Permanent Crown
    When your mouth is healed and ready, your dentist will remove a temporary crown, attach an abutment to the implant, and then position your permanent crown.
  • The last step? Enjoy your new, natural-looking smile!

Keeping Your Teeth Healthy – Including Implants

Caring for your implants is as simple – and necessary – as caring for your natural teeth. You’ll want to brush and floss twice daily, limit your intake of sugary foods, eliminate smoking habits, and of course, schedule regular dental appointments. Seeing your dentist every six months for a check-up or cleaning helps you maintain a smile that’s long-lasting and healthy.

Want to Learn More?

Long-lasting, aesthetically attractive, and naturally functional, dental implants are a terrific and durable option to replace missing or damaged teeth.

If you’re ready to learn more about dental implants at Shore Dental, give us a call or schedule an appointment online, today!(click here to contact us now)