Losing a tooth can affect every aspect of life. Eating and speaking properly may feel awkward or difficult, and smiling may make you feel self-conscious. Health implications of tooth loss can create more oral health problems down the line. Tooth loss leads to loss of bone, which can lead to more tooth loss – a cycle that puts your smile and health at risk.
Dr. Steve Chu is skilled and experienced in the art of dental implant placement and restoration.
Benefits of Dental Implants
When we recommend tooth replacement options, dental implants are often our first choice because they not only complete your smile, but also protect your health. Dental implants actually mimic your natural tooth because we surgically implant it in your jawbone. Since titanium is a biocompatible metal, it will integrate with your existing bone structure adding stability and stimulating new bone growth.
Additionally, dental implants are convenient. Because single implants are much like your natural teeth, you can care for them in the same way – by brushing, flossing, and maintaining regular dental exams and cleanings.
Dental implants do not require altering your adjacent teeth. That means it is not necessary to prep your healthy tooth structure to support a bridge. This is a significant treatment advantage only offered by dental implants.
Caring for Your Dental Implant
Healthy gums are essential to the success and longevity of your dental implant. We monitor your oral health closely and alert you to any changes that cause concern.
If you have a clenching and grinding habit, you may benefit from a nightguard to protect your dental implant and increase its longevity. Clenching and grinding can place too much force on your implant, causing it to fail. A custom nightguard protects your implant in addition to your other dentistry.
Dental Implant Placement and Restoration
Having enough healthy bone is essential to successfully placing a dental implant. In cases of bone loss, we may recommend bone grafting so that your implant has a stable foundation. Most patients report minimal discomfort during and after dental implant placement. We always make sure you feel completely comfortable for any procedure in our office.
When we place your implant, we will choose the ideal location that gives you the best results – esthetically and biologically. Dental implants take approximately three to six months to fully heal and integrate with your natural bone. At that time, we will create a custom crown that matches your smile. You dental implant will provide many years of reliable service with the proper care.
Implants for Dentures
Patients who have dentures know that a good fit is important for comfort and for feeling confident about speaking and chewing in public. Dental implants can provide an anchor for dentures to hold them securely in place so that you never have to worry about them shifting or coming out, causing embarrassing moments.
In addition to securing your denture, dental implants can help preserve your bone, which supports your denture and your facial structure.
Contact Us for More Information about Dental Implants
If you think dental implants might be right for you, contact Brite Dental and schedule an exam with Steve Chu, DDS. Our team looks forward to providing you with a smile that supports your health, appearance, and lifestyle!