Are Dental Implants Right For You?

relaxed patient from sedation dentistryDo missing teeth make you feel ashamed to smile your biggest, best smile? Read on to learn why a dental implant may be the best way to restore your smile. Drs. Clement and Kamron Monroe in Pinehurst NC wants to explain why patients and dentists both prefer this tooth replacement option.

Understand the Demand for Dental Implants

According to cosmetic dentistry experts, a dental implant offers people with missing teeth a longer lasting more natural smile solution. A dental implant is simply a tiny post — usually titanium — embedded in the jaw that is capped by a dental crown. The crown fills the gap left by a lost tooth, restoring the appearance, health, and full use of your pearly whites.

Both patients and dentists often highly recommend implants because they look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth would. Dental implants may cost more than other options but their many benefits — such as greater longevity with less frequent need for replacement than dental bridges — make them well worth the extra dental implant costs.

Dental Implants Are Convenient and Comfortable

Although life with missing teeth can be embarrassing and difficult, dental implant surgery is relatively permanent solution that is also relatively comfortable. The procedure is minimally invasive and there is usually little to no post-procedure discomfort. For most people, the surgery is very simple and can sometimes be completed in one visit. In more complex cases (see paragraph below), several other procedures may be needed before the implant process can begin, delaying the finished implant by weeks. However, patients with good dental hygiene and teeth that have only recently been lost can usually get same day dental implants.

To find out if a dental implant is right solution for you, you’ll need examination by a dentist. If you have a sufficient amount of health jawbone tissue onto which to implant the post, you can have the procedure at any time. If not, you will need several small surgeries to strengthen the bone tissue with grafts. This can increase the cost as well as the time needed to complete the process.

While the cost of dental implants may be slightly higher than other tooth replacement options, they do not need replacing as frequently or lead to dental health problems that those other options can cause later. Once the dental implant is embedded into the jawbone, it will fuse to the bone over the next few months, making it fully secure and stable. Once the implant is fully healed, you will again have a full smile that looks, acts, and feels just like as if it all your own natural teeth.

How to Care For and Clean Dental Implants

Dental implants are very simple to care for. In fact, their maintenance is just the same as caring for your natural teeth. Simply follow these basic oral health guidelines to help your implants last a lifetime:

  • Brush your teeth and implants on a daily basis
  • Floss between your teeth and implants daily
  • Talk to your dentist about any tooth grinding or clenching habit you may have
  • Get regular professional check-ups and cleanings

Dental Implants in City, State

To get the dental care you deserve from a skilled and experienced dentist in Pinehurst NC, contact the Drs. Monroe at 910.420.3670 or schedule an appointment online today!

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