Improving Council Bluffs Smiles with Dental Implants
If you're missing teeth, you shouldn't delay treatment. Even one missing tooth can cause remaining teeth to shift, throwing your entire oral system off balance. Missing teeth can also increase your risk for gum disease and tooth decay. In fact, studies show that if a missing tooth isn't replaced, up to 20% of remaining teeth will be lost in the next 5 to 8 years. Dr. Smith and Dr. Jackson want you to have the full, healthy smile you deserve, so they offer the latest tooth-replacement option—dental implants.
Dental implants are comprised of two parts. In many cases the implants can be placed in office. First, a specialist places the implant post, one for each missing tooth or a few to anchor an upper or lower denture. Over the course of about three months, the bone tissue fuses to the implant post, creating an artificial tooth root that closely mimics nature's design. In phase two, your implant dentist (Dr. Smith or Dr. Jackson) secures the tooth portion to the implant post(s). Dental implants can be restored with specially modified crowns, bridges, partials, or dentures.
For patients with adequate bone structure, dental implants pose numerous benefits over traditional replacement-teeth options. Dental implants are not supported by surrounding teeth. Instead, they're anchored in the jawbone, curbing the bone degeneration that typically accompanies tooth loss. The design creates unrivaled comfort and longevity, as well. Many patients even forget which teeth were missing. Because adequate bone structure is required, your implant dentist will carefully evaluate your oral health to determine if implants are right for your smile.