Dental Implants

Few things are worse than meeting someone new or getting your picture taken when you know that your smile contains gaping holes. Missing teeth can make it hard to stay confident, which is why many people turn to dental implants to achieve a natural look. In fact, nearly 3 million Americans already have dental implants, and that number is growing by around 500,000 patients a year. Here is some more information about dental implants, and why you should work with Dr. Brewer to restore your smile:

Dental Implants Vs. Other Replacements

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Dental implants can also be shaped to match the natural contours of your teeth and gum line

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People are incredibly observant, which is why some dental replacements just don’t look right. Older porcelain veneers tended to stand out slightly from your natural teeth, making your smile look strange. Wires and plates from partial bridges might be noticeable when you smile, talk, or laugh, making strangers wonder what happened to your teeth.

However, dental implants are created to work just like your normal teeth. Instead of being rigged into place with retainers or wires, implants are essentially a porcelain crown attached to your jaw by an invisible steel post. Because implants are rooted directly to your jawbone, dental implants provide the stimulation that your bone needs to stay strong and healthy.

Dental Implants Create A Natural Look

Don’t worry about those dental implants looking obvious. Because dental implants are anchored into your jawbone and dyed to match your natural teeth, they will blend right in. Believe it or not, dental implant lab technicians can even use special laquers and epoxies to create faint discolorations to mimic cosmetic problems with the rest of your teeth. For example, if you have yellowed teeth due to years of smoking, your implants can match the color of the rest of your teeth, so that they don’t stand out.

Dental implants can also be shaped to match the natural contours of your teeth and gum line. If you prefer to have your dental implant match your original tooth exactly, Dr. Brewer can even send your old tooth to the lab to have a replica created. This careful process means that you can get your teeth fixed, without all of the extra attention that you don’t want.

What To Expect During Your Procedure

Although some patients expect to have dental implants placed within the same day their old teeth are removed, the implant process can take some time. In fact, depending on the health of your teeth and jaw, it might take up to a year to have your jawbone prepared and your dental implant placed. However, if your jaw is healthy and strong, Dr. Brewer can place an abutment, or an anchor, so that your gum tissue can start healing. After your abutment has fused to your jawbone, the permanent dental implant can be anchored in place.

After your implants are installed, the recovery process is quite simple. Implant patients should care for their new implants just like their normal teeth. With proper brushing and flossing, your new dental implants can last a lifetime.

If dental implants sound like something that could help you, make an appointment with Dr. Brewer today.