The purpose of dental implants is to restore your smile! They should look, feel and function like natural teeth. There are many dental offices that have knock-offs; at Healthy Smiles we have the best options for you. At your first consultation, our dentist will use state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that we get an accurate scan of your mouth. We want to ensure that you have the right type of dental implant for your mouth. Give us a call at 580-237-0694 to make an appointment with Dr. Erin Roberts and find out more about dental implants in Enid, Oklahoma!
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are prosthetic teeth consisting of two main parts: an implant post and an implant restoration. The implant post is made of biocompatible materials, typically titanium, and is surgically placed in the jawbone. The implant restoration caps the post to complete your treatment, which, depending on the number of teeth you are replacing, could be a single crown, a dental bridge or a denture.
What Are the Benefits of Implant Dentistry?
Implant dentistry offers several benefits. Firstly, dental implants provide a natural-looking and functional solution for missing teeth. They restore the ability to eat, speak and smile with confidence. Implants also help maintain the integrity of the jawbone, preventing bone loss and preserving facial structure. Unlike removable dentures, implants are permanent and do not require adhesives. Additionally, they do not rely on adjacent teeth for support, preserving the health of existing teeth.
Who Can Receive A Dental Implant?
Anyone who is missing teeth is a candidate for dental implants, and most individuals with good oral health and sufficient jawbone density can receive implants without any problems. Patients with pre-existing conditions such as tooth decay, gum disease or bone loss may require additional treatments to resolve those issues before they can receive dental implants. Our dentist will evaluate your teeth and mouth and discuss your overall health and oral hygiene habits with you to determine if implants are right for you.
How Long Do Implants Last?
With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. Regular dental check-ups and proper oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing and avoiding habits like smoking, contribute to the longevity of implants. However, individual factors like oral health, bone density and personal habits can influence the lifespan of an implant.
How Do I Care For My Implant?
Caring for dental implants is similar to caring for natural teeth. It involves regular brushing and flossing, along with routine dental visits for professional cleanings and check-ups. Using a soft-bristle toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended to avoid damaging the implant or surrounding tissues. Additionally, maintaining a balanced diet and avoiding excessive biting forces, such as chewing on hard objects, can help protect the implant. Following our dentist and team’s instructions and promptly addressing any concerns are essential for optimal implant care.