Tooth loss is a stark reality for many people and it can be extremely hard to deal with. The way your day-to-day life flows is suddenly choppy. You have difficulties eating, speaking, and feel completely insecure when you have to do either or just simply smile. And tooth replacement? Total pipe dream! Although healthy, functioning replacements seem like the perfect option, the possibility feels impractical. You don’t have to live in this unhappy place anymore. Maple Grove Family Dental can help you discover the best solution for restoring your smile: dental implants in Evansville. This revolutionary treatment offers patients unmatched beauty and health benefits.
Dental Implants Explained
Most patients turn to traditional replacement options like dental bridges or dentures. These restorative options are great, but they only focus on replacing the visible parts of your tooth (above the gum line). What about your tooth root (below the gum line)? Your tooth root stimulates your jawbone, keeping it full and healthy. Without one, patients experience bone deterioration over time, leading to an increased risk of additional tooth loss or a sunken facial appearance. Thankfully, dental implants replicate the entire structure of a tooth, preserving and encouraging the growth of new bone tissue. Dental implants can help to rejuvenate your entire smile from root to crown.
Placing Dental Implants
If you feel like dental implants may be the right choice for you, you will first need to have a thorough examination and consultation with Dr. Melanie White. By examining your mouth and discussing your dental goals, she will be able to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. We have to make sure your jawbone is healthy enough to support a dental implant. If not, Dr. White can recommend other restorative dental treatments to get your oral health up to par.
Once we’ve worked with you to create a treatment plan that fits your unique needs, you’ll be directed to a trusted specialist nearby who can conduct the surgical placement of your implant(s). You can see an animated version of the procedure here.
Once the surgical portion is completed, you will then undergo a healing period that will take about three or four months. During this time, the new implant will gradually form a bond with your jawbone, creating a strong foundation for your new restorations. Once your mouth has healed properly, you’ll visit your implant dentist to place your abutment (the piece between the implant post and restoration) and high-quality, custom restorations.
Maintaining Dental Implants
The long-term success of implants depends on how well they are maintained. Regular dental appointments are essential, but to avoid further dental issues you must make sure that both your teeth and dental implants are being cleaned regularly. We always recommend that our patients follow these helpful tips:
- Brush and floss your prosthetic teeth as normal. If you have more than one prosthetic, be sure to remove them to clean in hard to reach areas to avoid plaque buildup.
- Don’t be afraid to use additional tools to help your cleanings run smoothly. You can use soft or water picks to make flossing easy and avoid scratching your prosthetics with sharp tools like toothpicks.
- Rinse with mouthwash to kill and remove dangerous bacteria in between the crevices of your teeth.
Dental implants can be a life-changing solution! Dr. White turns pipe dreams into realities. If you’re interested in restoring your smile in the most natural way possible, contact our office for more information.