How Are Dental Implants Used to Restore Smiles?

Missing teeth can make patients feel self-conscious about their appearance when they smile, talk, or laugh with others. It may also impact their ability to properly eat or speak. When patients experience a lost or extracted tooth, they need to work with a dental professional to restore their smile afterwards. There are many ways for patients to replace missing teeth, though the most popular option is that of dental implants.

Understanding the dental implant

A dental implant is a titanium post. This post is extremely small and is surgically placed into the bone of the jaw where a tooth is missing. This stimulates the production of bone through osseointegration, which wraps around the implant to give it a solid foundation. Once the area is properly healed, a dentist can then restore the top of the implant. The restoration used is determined based on the final results the patient desires. A dental crown can be placed over the implant to replace a single tooth, while a dental bridge may use an anchor on one or both sides to place a false tooth in-between. Some patients also use implants for implant-retained dentures. These are dentures that snap into place with several implants along the dental arch for optimum stability and strength.

Why choose a dental implant?

Dental implants have many advantages. They are:

  • Strong/durable
  • Natural-looking
  • Long-lasting
  • Versatile
  • Stable

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants require patients to have sufficient bone of the jaw to place the implant and have it be successful. Determining candidacy starts with x-rays, which allow Dr. Lindsey Marshall to evaluate the bone available. These images are also used for planning placement, especially for implant-retained dentures, where several implants need to be placed during a single appointment. These implants should avoid sinus cavities as well. Once a patient has been determined a good candidate for dental implants, they can schedule their oral surgery.

Schedule a visit with Dr. Lindsey Marshall of Ardmore, PA today

Call (610) 649-0696 today to request an appointment with our team. We can provide a thorough evaluation to determine if patients are a good fit for dental implants, and educate them on the benefits these restorations provide now and into the future!

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