The unexpected has happened. You’ve always heard that permanent teeth should be…well, permanent. However, because of an injury, gum disease, or extensive decay, you lost a tooth. Losing a tooth is a big deal.
A gap in your smile can make eating and speaking awkward and uncomfortable. The nearby teeth may begin to drift into the newly created space, messing up your bite. Besides this, smiling with a lost tooth can be embarrassing! So, unless you really want to whistle through the gap in your teeth, you should consider getting a dental implant.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a revolutionary dental restoration that replaces not just the visible part of the tooth, but also the tooth root. This is important because replacing a tooth’s root helps to preserve and protect the jawbone.
A dental implant is made up of a titanium implant post (which mimics the root of a tooth), a dental restoration (like a dental crown), and an abutment (this connects the crown to the post).
And in layman’s terms: an implant is like having your tooth back! It looks, feels, and seems just like the natural tooth that was there before.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
You can have a dental implant placement placed if you have enough healthy jawbone structure, if your gums are healthy, and if you have good overall health. For those who have lost jawbone structure, bone grafting can be performed so that a dental implant can be placed. So really, most everyone is a candidate for dental implants.
Dr. James D Powell is an expert when it comes to dental implants and he’ll be able to go over your specific case once you come in.
What happens when I get my dental implant?
Dr. James Powell, uses a high-tech guide to surgically place the titanium implant post in the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth.
During the healing process, which can take a few months, your jawbone will fuse with the implant post—just as the jawbone was fused with your natural tooth root. An abutment is then attached to the top of the implant post, to which your custom-made dental restoration will be attached.
This custom restoration is designed by our technologically advanced CEREC machine. Your restoration will fit your bite and match the rest of your natural teeth. No one will be able to tell which tooth is an implant! (Except us, of course.)
How do I take care of my dental implant?
You may be surprised to learn that dental implants don’t really require special care. You’ll care for your dental implants the same way that you do the rest of your teeth.
Of course, this includes brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing once daily. And it’s of the utmost importance that you schedule and keep your regular dental visits.
What are you waiting for? Restore your smile with a dental implant at Exceptional Dentistry the dental implant experts in Palmdale, California. Schedule a reservation today with our dentist. We’re looking forward to helping you!