What Are The Benefits of Dental Implants?
At Sequoyah Dental Arts, we believe that patients should be able to have pride and confidence in their smile. For patients who are less than thrilled with the way their smile looks, cosmetic dentistry offered by Dr. Foncea can assist patients in achieving the smile they’ve always desired. When patients are missing teeth, they may benefit from a highly successful, predictable cosmetic restoration such as dental implants.
Dental implants are often used for one of two reasons: to replace a missing tooth, or to use in conjunction with dentures to hold them in place. There are many benefits to dental implants over other restorations, such as bridges and dentures. Dentures are removable restorations that require patients to place them every day, and clean them separately from their own natural teeth. Over time, they will need to be adjusted so that they fit properly with a patient’s changing mouth. They also need to be replaced periodically to ensure the best fit and appearance. Bridges are restorations that utilize surrounding teeth in order to replace a missing tooth. This requires Dr. Foncea to remove part of the enamel from the adjacent teeth to provide support for the restoration. This permanently affects the other teeth, and is not reversible. Bridges often last about ten years or so, and need to be monitored to ensure they are properly bonded.
Dental implants are stand-alone restorations that do not affect any of the surrounding teeth. They look, feel, and function as a natural tooth, and can last a lifetime with the proper care. Dental implants also help stimulate bone growth, which can help patients keep their youthful appearance and avoid the disintegration of bone that typically occurs with bridges and dentures.
Treatment with dental implants requires two or more dentist appointments. This is due to the fact that dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone, and then need time to heal and stabilize in the bone. Once this has been done during a process called osseointegration, patients will then return to Dr. Foncea to have a crown placed over the implant. For patients who are using dental implants to secure dentures, the dentures will then be fitted for use with the implants to provide the ultimate in strength and stability.
If you are interested in using dental implants for tooth replacement or for use with your dentures, call Dr. Foncea of Sequoyah Dental Arts today to schedule a consultation and undergo an initial examination to find out if dental implants can help you achieve the smile of your life!