Our natural teeth provide us with the abilities to chew and smile with confidence. But losing a tooth, while inconvenient and sometimes painful, doesn’t mean your carefree days of toothy grins and eating your favorite foods have to be over. We know that a missing tooth can have an immediate effect on your day-to-day activities, so Dr. Buck offers an excellent solution — dental implants! Implants are the next best thing if we can’t have our natural teeth, and odds are you’ll quickly forget that you even have an implant.
What Are Dental Implants?
There are three parts to a dental implant: the implant itself, an abutment, and a crown (or other restoration). The dental implant is a small titanium post that we place into the jawbone. This post is biocompatible and will fuse with your jawbone to create a secure anchor for the restoration. The abutment sits on top of the implant to support the restoration. The restoration — typically a crown or dental bridge — is meticulously crafted to fit your mouth and blend with the surrounding teeth. After all is said and done, your smile will be as good as new!
Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?
Dental implants are not just for seniors! No matter your age, if you’re missing a tooth, or multiple teeth, you might be a good candidate for dental implants. Not all mouths are the same, though, so we can’t say for sure if they will work for you until we’ve performed an exam and a few tests.
Do Dental Implants Hurt?
The placement of the implant is not uncomfortable, and we do all we can to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. You may experience soreness after the procedure, and we can treat that with medication if you are too uncomfortable. We can also help anxious patients feel more at ease with sedation options.
Permanent Solution for Missing Teeth
Whether missing one or several teeth, dental implants can be an excellent option for anyone that is missing teeth. Once the procedure is complete, your smile will look great and your teeth will function no differently than your natural teeth do. Properly cared for dental implants can last a lifetime, which means your smile can, too!