Why Dental Implants Can Provide the Complete Smile Dental Solution You Want
If you’re like most people, you have some form of smile insecurity. With advancements in modern cosmetic dentistry, however, there is a solution to practically every dental insecurity one may have. Whether you’re struggling with crooked teeth, a gummy smile, or the repercussions of several years of poor dental care, Sixth Street Dental Aesthetics offers a variety of solutions to help you become confident and put your best face forward. One of our favorite complete smile dental solutions is dental implants. What exactly are dental implants, and how can they help you? We’re here to break it down for you.
What are Dental Implants?
The long-term complete smile dental solution you’ve been waiting for
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While most people have heard about dental implants—among a variety of other dental treatments—not many people are sure about what they do and how they work. Dental implants are surgically-placed replacements for missing teeth that are designed to be a long-term solution for people of all ages.
The process of getting dental implants for some people begins with a tooth extraction if the tooth you are looking to replace still exists. Once extracted, your dentist will place the implant into the jaw. The implant’s post is typically made of titanium or another strong metal that is designed to heal and merge with the bone in a process called osseointegration. Since your bones are alive, the bone begins to form around the implant for a sturdy, healthy, and long-term solution that can last for decades.
For some patients, the replacement tooth—typically made of porcelain, resin, or a ceramic material—can be added to the implant on the same day. For others, the implant must heal prior to the tooth being placed. Your dentist will break down your entire plan prior to treatment so you can decide which solution is right for you. If you’re concerned about the healing time, your dentist may be able to provide you with a temporary dental crown so you can continue to talk and eat properly.
While healing, you should be sure to stick to eating only soft foods and soup. Osseointegration can sometimes be a long process, but the long-lasting results that come with dental implants are often well worth the healing process it entails.
Who Chooses Dental Implants as a Complete Smile Dental Solution?
Dental Implants are More than a Geriatric Dental Solution
When people think about dental implants and similar dental solutions such as dentures, crowns, and bridges, their minds often automatically think of older patients who lose their teeth. But the truth of the matter is that people of all ages have tooth replacement solutions—and for the vast majority of people, you’ll never notice they have dentures, dental implants, or any other solution.
Dental Implants are used to replace missing teeth, and people can lose their teeth due to a variety of reasons. Sometimes people have preexisting dental issues that prevent teeth from growing in a specific area. Other times, people have teeth removed due to injuries, infections, or decay and want a long-term solution that keeps their smiling looking natural and luminous.
Additionally, dental implants are sometimes medically necessary to preserve facial structure. If you don’t have teeth in a certain part of your mouth, your jaw bone will actually begin to deteriorate and change the shape of your face as a whole. This can cause a variety of issues. Because dental implants lead to osseointegration, the jaw bone is preserved, stays alive, and grows into a healthy bone that preserves facial shape and overall dental health.
Due to this process, dental implants become a viable option as soon as facial growth is complete. In girls, facial growth is typically complete at age 16 and in boys, age 18. This means that youngsters who lost a tooth in a soccer injury and older patients who lose their teeth over time both have the option of having beautiful, healthy dental implants for years to come.
Where Can I Get Dental Implants?
Choosing the right provider is key to excellent results
We’ve all heard stories about botched plastic surgery leading to serious health issues for patients. We’re not sure where the idea of ‘at home dentistry’ came from, but we look to warn all of our patients about the dangers of receiving care anywhere except at a licensed, experienced care provider.
It’s important to choose an experienced provider because receiving dental implants is considered a surgery which, while common and safe, should always be completed under the supervision of a medical professional. At Sixth Street Dental Aesthetics, we have decades of experience caring for the most serious dental issues and pride ourselves in creating complete smile dental solutions for our patients that lead to a beautiful smile and improved quality of life.
Additionally, we know that some people have a great amount of anxiety surrounding surgery and dental care. We specialize in alleviating dental anxiety by providing a relaxing, personable environment, and we do everything in our power to make sure you feel completely prepared for your smile transformation.
Think about dental implants? See why this complete smile dental solution could be the long-term solution to your smile insecurities and get in touch with Sixth Street Dental Aesthetics today.