Dental implants are a long-term solution for missing teeth. They mimic the look and function of natural teeth.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a dentist places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. The implant integrates with your bone to provide a stable foundation for the replacement teeth. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.
At our office, our dentists provide single and full-mouth restorations supported by dental implants. These titanium posts are surgically placed into the jaw bone and, once healed, can support a crown to replace one missing tooth or a full set of upper or lower teeth. Implants eliminate the day-to-day hassle of removable dentures as well. They allow you to chew normally and even speak without the worry that your teeth might slip out of place.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Benefits of dental implants include:
- Improved appearance
- Easier eating and speaking
- Better oral health
- Increased confidence
- More secure fit than dentures
- Durability that is comparable to natural teeth
- No special care requirements
- Stability that prevents bone erosion
- Ability to support a bridge or denture
- Fewer dietary restrictions than with removable bridges or dentures
- Restored facial structure
- Preservation of surrounding teeth
- Long-lasting results that can last a lifetime with proper oral hygiene
Who Is A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?
To get implants, you will need to be in good overall health and have enough bone structure in the jaw to support an implant. Your dentist will need to take X-rays, measurements, and take impressions of your teeth and gums to determine if you have enough bone structure for successful implantation.
Good candidates for dental implants include patients who are missing one or more teeth but still have healthy gum and bone in their jaw. The best way to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants is to visit your dentist for a consultation.
Other examples of patients who may be good candidates for dental implants include:
- Patients who lost a tooth due to an injury that knocked out the tooth
- Patients who are tired of having dentures that are loose and uncomfortable
- Patients who want a more secure option than removable partial dentures
- Patients who want to have an alternative to bridges or crowns that will stay in place without slipping out of place
- Patients who are looking for a permanent solution to tooth loss
Schedule an online appointment or call us at 208-664-9129 to have a consultation with Dr. Larson, and we'll be able to guide you further.