Dental Implants 101
Dental implants are a permanent way to replace missing teeth. They look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. Unlike traditional dentures, dental implants do not move or slip along the gums, and they require no extra daily maintenance aside from your normal brushing and flossing routine. At True Dentistry, our experienced cosmetic dentist can create a treatment plan that will provide you with custom-designed dental implants to restore your smile with beautiful results.
If you would like to schedule a consultation for dental implants, please contact Dr. Joseph G. Willardsen today.
What Makes Up a Dental Implant?
Dr. Willardsen will first conduct a thorough exam to confirm that you are a good candidate for dental implants. He will ensure that you have sufficient jawbone density, allowing the dental implant to be anchored properly.
The dental implant is composed of a strong titanium post. Precisely placed in the area of the missing tooth, the post will gradually fuse to the jawbone over the next few months. This process will allow the implant to become a part of your mouth, mimicking a natural tooth root.
After the post is implanted into the jaw, Dr. Willardsen can place a temporary crown over the top of the implant for the best aesthetic results. After the dental implant has successfully fused with your bone, he will attach a permanent crown. This new crown can be custom-made for you in our office, using E4D ceramic restoration technology. The crown will look like your natural tooth in shape, size, and color, blending in to complete your new, beautifully restored smile.
Once the permanent crown has been placed, Dr. Willardsen will give it a final polish. The results should look and feel so comfortable and natural that you may have a tough time distinguishing the replacement tooth from your natural teeth.
The abutment attaches each crown to its post in the jaw. As a result, your implant is stronger and is more permanent, though it can still be removed by your doctor should this become necessary in the future.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants can help you to achieve a beautiful, complete smile without the need for dentures. Benefits of dental implants include:
- Improved ability to chew, bite, and speak
- Permanent replacement for missing teeth
- No additional maintenance required
- Customized fit; no slipping or movement along the gums
- Natural look and feel
- Improved appearance
Contact True Dentistry
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Willardsen, please contact True Dentistry today.