Learn more about dental implants from your Fresno dentist.
Your smile doesn't have to change forever after tooth loss. Dental implants offer a long-lasting solution to a lost tooth. Dr. Curt Posey, your Fresno, CA dentist, explains how you can benefit from dental implants.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant looks like a small metal screw. It's placed in an opening in your jawbone during a minor surgical procedure and soon bonds to the bone, replacing your natural tooth roots. Bonding usually takes about three to six months. In some cases, you may need a bone graft before you can receive the implant, which lengthens the process slightly. After bonding occurs, your dentist attaches a crown to the top of the implant.
Implants improve your smile in several ways
Dental implants offer these benefits:
- A Complete Smile: Losing a tooth can affect your self-esteem, particularly if the gap in your smile is very noticeable. Dental implants close the gap and help you feel much better about your appearance.
- No More Soft Food: The loss of one or more teeth can make chewing much more difficult. You may have trouble eating hard foods or must cut foods into tiny pieces. Once you receive your new crown, you'll be able to eat whatever you want. Since the implant is securely anchored in your jawbone, it's just as stable as your natural teeth and doesn't decrease your biting power.
- Easier Cleaning: Losing a tooth can have consequences that you never expected. Sometimes, your other teeth begin to drift toward the opening after you lose a tooth. As the teeth try to fill the gap in your smile, they start to overlap. Removing plaque from these areas becomes impossible, which can raise your risk of tooth decay. Dental implants prevent teeth from moving and make brushing and flossing easier.
- Reduced Chance of Jawbone Weakening: Did you know that the roots of your teeth keep your jawbone strong by exerting constant pressure on it? When you lose a tooth, the area of the bone underneath eventually begins to shrink, which can lead to sagging of the muscles in your lower face and tooth loss. Dental implants help you avoid these problems by preventing jawbone loss.
Dental implants can transform your smile! Call Dr. Posey, your Fresno, CA dentist, at (559) 227-6755 to schedule your implant consultation.