At St. George Village Dental, we understand that a loss of a single or multiple teeth can have a big impact on the function and appearance of your smile.
Missing teeth can result in the change in the shape of your mouth and the look of your facial symmetry. Gaps in your teeth can also impair your ability to eat certain foods. It can also impact your confidence when conversing with others or smiling for photos.
Dental implants are metal posts that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Because implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges mounted to implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth — a great benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit helps the dentures and bridges — as well as individual crowns placed over implants — feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.
First, the implant, which looks like a screw or cylinder, is placed into your jaw. Over the next two to six months, the implant and the bone are allowed to bond together to form an anchor for your artificial tooth. During this time, a temporary tooth replacement option can be worn over the implant site.
Finally, a replacement tooth called a crown will be created for you by Dr. Kotecha and attached to a small metal post. After a short time, you will experience restored confidence in your smile and your ability to chew and speak. Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth.
Every case is different, so if you’d like to learn if you are a candidate for dental implants, give St. George Village Dental a call today. We will be happy to schedule your smile assessment.