The holidays are just around the corner, and that means you’ll soon find yourself up to your ears in delicious home-cooked food. While this used to fill you with youthful excitement, these days it makes you a bit nervous. Your missing teeth make certain foods hard to eat, and you worry you’ll show up for the big holiday dinner and not be able to enjoy everything. You deserve to soak up as much of the holidays as possible, and you can now do that thanks to dental implants in Carlisle from Flenniken Family Dentistry.
Why Should I Get Dental Implants?
Missing teeth can lead to a multitude of problems, and one of the most basic is that they can make it difficult to eat. This leads many people to avoid essential foods like proteins and fibrous vegetables simply because they can’t chew them. Over time, this lack of nutrition can drastically effect your health and lead to a shorter life expectancy. Missing teeth can also cause tissue and bone loss that can affect how your jaw fits together. This is not even mentioning the affect they can have on your confidence and self-esteem. One of the most reliable ways to restore them and ensure your future health is with dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants have an advantage over other methods of replacing missing teeth because they can restore the entire tooth: root and crown. Other procedures only repair the tooth above gum line, leaving you vulnerable to tissue loss and jaw atrophy.
Dental implants involve a new titanium root being surgically placed into your jaw. This not only provides a sturdy base for your new tooth, but can also prevent and even reverse the tissue recession common after tooth loss. It is able to do this because titanium is bio-compatible with the human body, meaning that once the root has been implanted, the body treats it like a natural root and sends nourishing blood to the surrounding area, revitalizing it.
Implants are usually topped with a high-quality porcelain crown to give you a tooth that is both aesthetically pleasing and functionally strong. These two elements are held together by a metal connector called an abutment.
Dental implants are one of the most versatile ways you can replace your missing teeth, as they can replace a single tooth, support a bridge, or anchor a set of dentures. Implant supported dentures actually have a better hold and allow a stronger bite force than traditional dentures. This means you can eat everything you want this holiday season and not have to worry about embarrassing slippage.
Implants have a 98% success rate and can last for decades with regular brushing and flossing, just like natural teeth. Another way you can ensure that they last a lifetime is to get routine check-ups with Flenniken Family Dentistry.
What Is The Procedure Like?
Most dental practices would need to refer you to an outside specialist in order to place your dental implants. You can imagine the logistical nightmare that is coordinating two doctor’s offices. The team at Flenniken Family Dentistry is actually able to complete the entire procedure themselves. This not only speeds up the process, but also gives you peace of mind because you will always be working with the same doctor you trust. This also insures you will receive better care, because no one will be more familiar with your particular situation than your doctor.
The procedure to get dental implants involves 3 basic steps:
- Your new titanium root will be placed into your jawbone
- You will be given time to heal and allow the root to bond to your jaw
- Finally, one of the doctors will place the porcelain crown into your mouth
The first part of the procedure involves minor surgery, but this can usually be completed with local anesthesia and requires minimal healing time. The healing period is mostly to allow the root time to bond to your jaw. Once you have the crown, there will be very little sensation in the implant itself, but it will look and function just like a natural tooth.
How Can I Get Dental Implants?
If you want to be able to eat all of your favorite holiday foods, make an appointment with Flenniken Family Dentistry today. If you want your smile to look great in all of the pictures, make an appointment today. Dental implants can help make your holiday season special, so please don’t wait to come see us.