Ferguson’s Leading Dental Restoration
Before the development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth. Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. They are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.
Dental implants are a great solution for people who have missing teeth. This is because they are fixed into your jawline and they don’t have to be removed to be cleaned. Some people view dentures as a hassle for their risk of rubbing or pinching your gums and causing irritation. They can also slip and slide in the mouth, causing slurred speech and difficulty in eating and swallowing. It’s important to remember that they need to be cleaned thoroughly, just as you would your natural teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a sturdy and long-lasting solution for those who are in need of new teeth. Because implants are placed in your jawbone and they replace your tooth roots, you can rely on their stability. Some of the benefits of dental implants include:
- Improved digestion
- Long-lasting support
- Improved speech
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are usually made of a synthetic, yet biocompatible, material like metal or ceramic. Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for an implant and place the implant in the mouth. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. In some cases, metal posts are inserted into the implant during a follow-up procedure to connect the tooth. Because implants require surgery, patients are administered anesthesia and, if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure. Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time.
Who Is Compatible for These Dental Appliances?
Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant. For a successful implant to take hold, you must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.
The team at Ferguson Dental Group is happy to examine and recommend the proper course of action to help you regain your confidence. Reach out to our office by calling 314-522-6300 at your earliest convenience!