Dental implants are metal rods that act as roots for replacement teeth. If you lose a tooth to disease or injury, you are a candidate for an implant. An implant fits into the jawbone and provides support for a replacement tooth.
Implants have become popular in recent years and are becoming a great alternative to dentures. Implants allow you to eat all of the foods you like with confidence, whereas dentures can make chewing some foods more difficult. Implants are permanent; you eliminate the embarrassment of removing dentures and the messy adhesives that make dentures adhere to your mouth.
Additionally, when dentures are removed, the mouth sags and caves in, making you look older than you are. With the strides that have been made in modern dentistry technology, that’s just unnecessary today. In addition, implants protect against bone loss, which endangers other surrounding teeth. Implants will produce a beautiful smile that you’ll wear all day long!
The implant, a small titanium rod, goes into the bone where your old tooth was. As your jaw heals, which takes from six to 12 weeks, the post adheres securely to the bone. Then a small attachment is added to the post. A new crown fits over the attachment. Dr. Van Kooten matches the color of the crown to your surrounding teeth.
Implants are a group effort. A specialist places the implant and works closely with Dr. Van Kooten to ensure your implant process is smooth and a total success. Dr. Van Kooten will give you local anesthesia to ensure that you do not suffer pain during the procedure.
Good oral hygiene is important. Brushing and flossing daily, along with making regular dental appointments, will keep your implant and other teeth in good shape.