For the replacement of missing teeth it is imperative that dental implants are considered. Whether replacing a single tooth or several teeth, implants may provide a more natural appearance and feel. Unlike conventional bridgework, implants can provide tooth replacement without the need to prepare adjacent teeth. The dental preparation of healthy teeth can undermine their integrity and lead to further problems later on. Additionally, implants also prevent the loss of bone in the area of the missing tooth. Immediately following the loss of a tooth the bone begins recede. Replacing the tooth with an implant restores function to the bone and prevents further loss of bone.
How the implant works: To replace a tooth with an implant, Dr. Blanchard places the implant in the bone in the position of the missing tooth root. This subsequently acts as an anchor to which a new crown is attached after the implant has undergone a healing period. Typically, the final restoration is placed by Dr. Blanchard four to six months after the placement of initial dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are synthetic teeth roots. They are used to create foundations for replacement teeth. When teeth need to be replaced due to an accident or disease, give Steven Blanchard, DMD Family Dentistry and Implantology a call at (502) 721-7217 to learn if dental implants are right for you.
Who Can Have Dental Implants?
In general, any person at any age may need dental implants. However, it is important to Steven Blanchard, DMD Family Dentistry and Implantology that you:
Commit to good oral hygiene
Have enough bone to hold the implant in place
Are healthy enough to undergo oral surgery
Have healthy gums
Continue with regular dental visits
Certain people may need to be more closely examined to determine if they are good candidates for dental implants. This can occur if you:
Are a heavy smoker
Suffer from uncontrolled chronic disorders (like heart disease or diabetes)
Have had radiation therapy around the head or neck
Why Should I Get Dental Implants?
There are many reasons why dental implants may be right for you. When looking into tooth replacement, consider the following attributes of Steven Blanchard, DMD Family Dentistry and Implantology’s dental implants:
Comfort: each implant is individually placed and therefore more comfortable than dentures or bridges
Strength: if taken care of properly, they can last you for your entire life
Fit: tends to be better than dentures or bridges
Appearance: they look and feel like your teeth
Speech: since they won’t slip out, you do not run the risk of your implants slurring your words or causing you to mumble
Eating: they stay put so you can eat more easily
Oral Health: other teeth do not have to be altered to fit, like with a bridge, so your teeth are left intact
Flossing: you can floss around your dental implant and other teeth
Cleaner: unlike dentures, there is no need to disinfect or deal with adhesives to keep them in place
How Do I Get Dental Implant?
To begin the dental implant process, you should first make an appointment with a licensed dentist. The friendly staff at Steven Blanchard, DMD Family Dentistry and Implantology is ready to take your call and answer any questions you may have about the process. We will create a personal treatment plan for you based on your specific situation.
How Do I Take Care of My Dental Implants?
Dental implants should be treated just like your real teeth. It is important to brush, floss, rinse with ADA approved mouthwash, and schedule dental check-ups regularly. This will keep your implants and teeth looking great and working well.
Give us a call at (502) 721-7217 to set up a consultation so we can help you decide if dental implants are the right move for you.
In need of immediate care?
We offer emergency phone consultations to our existing patients. Call us anytime at (502) 721-7217.
Steven Blanchard, DMD Family Dentistry and Implantology