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As much as we want to maintain our natural teeth, trauma, illness, or poor oral hygiene can lead to tooth loss. Missing teeth detract from a beautiful smile and can cause additional dental problems.
Dr. Joseph Dastrup understands the importance of a healthy, complete smile. Dental implants restore the smile and replace missing teeth. But, are they worth it? To decide, you must first understand the purpose of implants and how they work to keep the smile healthy.
What Are Dental Implants?
Our teeth have roots and crowns. Although the roots sit below the gumline and are not visible, they have important functions. The roots stimulate the jawbone, anchor the teeth in place, and keep the adjacent teeth from shifting.
Dental implants are small cylinders or posts that replace missing teeth. The implant itself replaces the missing root. Then, an abutment is connected so a dental restoration can be attached. Depending on the patient’s situation and the number of teeth to be replaced, dental implants can be topped with crowns, bridges, or dentures. The end result is a restoration that functions as and looks like the natural tooth.
Purpose of Dental Implants
The parts of the mouth – the gums, teeth, and jawbone – are designed to function as a unit. Losing a single tooth disrupts that natural balance, aesthetic, and function. The patient’s bite may change. Bacteria have new places to hide and cause damage. The bone begins to deteriorate. Even the facial shape begins to change as the bone breaks down.
Something as minor as losing a tooth has major consequences. Dental implants are long-lasting replacements for missing teeth.
What to Expect
More than one appointment is required to fully replace a missing tooth. Dr. Dastrup is highly trained and experienced in the entire implant process.
During the procedure, the implant is positioned in the jaw in place of the missing tooth. The treatment site is given time to heal. Osseointegration is necessary for the outcome to be successful. This process takes a few months, but is worth it as it forms the base for a sturdy restoration. Once the mouth has healed, the abutment and restoration can be attached to complete the smile.
Risks and Benefits of Dental Implants
Any procedure brings risks and benefits. Your dentist will review both with you to ensure the benefits outweigh any potential concerns.
A dental implant procedure is technically considered an oral surgery which comes with risks of infection, bleeding, and swelling. Patients with medical conditions such as diabetes or heart disease may need to discuss their tooth restoration options.
A dental implant is a cost-effective tooth replacement option. Although it may be more expensive at first, the benefits pay out in the long run. Dental implants are the only dental restoration that preserve the bone. Additional benefits of dental implants include the following:
- Provide a sturdy base for a dental restoration.
- Keep the adjacent teeth in place.
- Create a durable, natural chewing surface.
- Help restore the smile.
- Are not subject to decay.
- Can last a lifetime with proper care.
Get a Sturdy, Healthy Smile with Dastrup Dental
Dental Implant Procedure with Dr. Dastrup
A dental implant is a permanent replacement for a missing tooth. Dr. Dastrup is highly trained and can perform the entire implant process in the office. If implants are selected, you can rest easy knowing you have a long-lasting, sturdy restoration.