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Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Posted by Alabama Family Dentistry in Cosmetic Dentistry, Tooth Restoration 25 Jan 2016

implant in gumsDo you have a missing or severely damaged tooth? Don’t feel like smiling much? Having trouble chewing normally? Is your speech pattern different, maybe you’ve developed a lisp? Is the tune “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” running through your head? When you lose a tooth, there are more impacts to your smile than just a gap, although usually as odds have it – it seems to be located in a conspicuous place. It can affect how you speak and chew, as well as allowing other teeth to shift. Shifting teeth create new crevices for plaque to hide in, which can lead to tooth decay and the need for more dental work in the future.

It is important to replace absent teeth, or teeth that are too damaged to be restored and must be extracted, with other methods for physical reasons to support your oral health, as well as maintain your confidence in your appearance. At Alabama Family Dentistry, we offer several options to fill that hole in your smile at all four of our central Alabama locations. We recommend mini-dental implants, particularly when the spot is visible when you smile. Mini dental implants are an excellent natural looking and permanent option to replace your natural tooth, root and all, without affecting your adjacent teeth.

What Are the Benefits of a Dental Implant?

Dental implants have become an increasingly popular option for replacing a tooth. Whereas removable dentures rest on the gum line and dental bridges use adjacent teeth as anchors, our mini-dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone where they act as an anchor for replacement teeth. Mini-implants have a smaller diameter than traditional dental implants, and therefore require less drilling of bone to plant them and result in less post-operative discomfort. They are the closest alternative to your natural tooth, and typically have more successful long-term outcomes than options such as bridgework and dentures to replace your lost or damaged teeth. Benefits include:

  • The tooth can be replaced without impacting the surrounding healthy teeth.
  • Mini-dental implants protect healthy bone by preventing potential bone loss and deterioration in the jaw.
  • Dental implants have inherent flexibility. They can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. They also have the capability to anchor an existing bridge or dentures into place.
  • Unlike dentures or bridges, which can be loose and uncomfortable, implants let you talk and eat normally without worrying about slippage, movement, or food getting caught in apparatus. You won’t have any material adhering to the roof of your mouth.
  • Your smile and natural face shape will not be altered with a permanent implant.
  • Dental implants are much more comfortable and natural looking than other solutions.
  • Care for an implant is the same as for a natural tooth. You don’t have to remove, soak, scrub, glue in with an adhesive, or other care associated with a bridge or dentures.
  • Mini dental implants are a permanent long-term solution to missing teeth, constructed to last as long as your smile, as long as properly cared for. You still need to brush and floss the area to remove dental plaque buildup the same as natural teeth.

    Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

    We know that making a choice to undergo surgery to replace your lost or damaged teeth with implants is an important decision. However, there are certain requirements that we must consider to determine if you are a candidate for mini-dental implants. Most importantly, your overall health, including: eating well; no smoking; and practicing excellent oral hygiene will ensure that the dental implant procedure is successful. Candidates must also have a significant amount of jawbone preserved to support the dental implants.

    To keep your teeth healthy and manage any problems that may arise, schedule an appointment at one of our dentists at any of our four conveniently located offices in Warrior, Birmingham, Sumiton and Gardendale serving the the central Alabama area. Remember, dental cleanings every six months and an annual exam are recommended to keep all of your teeth in their best condition, whether natural or restored. If you think dental implants might be right for you, call us to schedule a consultation.

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