Missing teeth can occur for several reasons. Sometimes, it happens because poor genetics cause a predisposition to gum disease and other oral health problems. Other times, a sports injury or another type of injury causes a missing tooth. No matter why you are missing a tooth or teeth, chances are you feel a bit self-conscious about your smile now. Luckily, there is a solution, dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a permanent set of false teeth that allow you to restore beauty and functionality to your mouth after a tooth mishap. The procedure involves multiple steps that take place over several months. Our periodontist, Dr. Lindsay Eastman, begins by removing any leftover portions of your missing teeth. After healing is complete, we implant small titanium rods into your jaw. When they heal, these rods will hold an abutment in place, which in turn holds your dental crown in place. Healing time may be required after each surgical procedure, and a final visit or two will be necessary after the process is complete to ensure the implants fit correctly.
Benefits of Implants
Dental implants are beneficial for many reasons. In addition to a full set of teeth allowing you to chew your food more thoroughly and speak properly, the teeth look completely natural and make it easy for you to feel confident in your smile again. Implants are also quite easy to take care of. Simply brush and floss them as you would your natural teeth and remember to go to the dentist at regular intervals. Finally, dental implants protect the rest of your natural teeth as well as your jaw bone by preventing further decay and deterioration.
Are you interested in learning more about getting dental implants in Sarasota, FL? Contact our periodontist today to schedule a consultation appointment and find out more about the procedure!