The negative effects of missing teeth are more than just a cosmetic concern. A missing tooth greatly impacts your overall oral hygiene, causing bone loss and the shifting of your remaining teeth, all of which can lead to even more teeth falling out. At Dastrup Dental in Davidson, North Carolina, Joseph Dastrup, DDS, provides top-of-the-line dental implants to his patients with missing teeth. To learn about the many health and cosmetic benefits a dental implant can bring to your smile, schedule an appointment today by calling the office or using the convenient online booking tool.
A dental implant is a tiny metal post, typically made of titanium, that’s surgically implanted into your jawbone and functions just like the root of a normal tooth. The implant fuses to your jawbone through a process called osseointegration and provides a strong and unmoving foundation on top of which a crown or bridge is placed. Having a dental implant is incredibly similar to having a natural tooth back in your mouth.
Dental implants are a state-of-the-art solution for tooth replacement and carry a large number of benefits, including:
Dental implants fuse with your bone, helping to prevent further bone loss.
By filling the gap in your smile, dental implants prevent your remaining teeth from shifting into the empty space, thereby maintaining your natural bite.
Dental implants are very similar to a natural tooth, so they can be cared for the same way you’d care for the rest of your natural teeth: with easy and consistent brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings
Dental implants allow you to eat the way you would have when you had all your natural teeth, which means no more need for a diet focused on soft foods.
Unlike dentures and removable bridges, dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth, which means no more having to mess around with sticky adhesives or your smile sliding out of place in your mouth.
Dental implants also offer a number of cosmetic benefits as well. Because Dr. Dastrup treats his patients with the best contemporary materials, your implants will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth, allowing you to smile with confidence.
If Dr. Dastrup decides that dental implants are right for you, he first takes a 3D scan of your mouth and jawbone structures using a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) machine, which gives him a highly detailed map of where to place the implants.
He then makes a surgical incision into your gum and jawbone and inserts the implant into your bone socket. If there is severe bone loss in your jaw around the missing tooth, he might perform a bone graft to give the implant a solid foundation to attach to.
Although there are some instances when Dr. Dastrup can fully restore your teeth in a day, he can typically achieve better long-term results by sending you home to recover for a few months while the implant fuses to your jawbone. He provides you with temporary means to fill in the gap in your smile while you wait for your implant to fuse.
After your jaw and gums are healed, the final step in the process is to fit the implant with a permanent crown, which Dr. Dastrup custom-designs to look great and fit comfortably in your unique, beautiful smile.
If you’re interested in learning about how dental implants can improve the health and appearance of your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dastrup today by calling the office or using the convenient online booking tool.