Nothing can ruin a smile or your self-confidence faster than missing teeth. Whether you’ve been in an accident, have had teeth pulled, or have severe tooth decay, missing teeth can keep you from doing a lot of the things you love like laughing, smiling, and even eating.
An excellent long-term solution to missing teeth is dental implants. Teeth restored with dental implants look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. You brush, floss, and care for dental implants in the same way you would the rest of your teeth.
But what are dental implants exactly? Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums and hold mounted replacement teeth. As they heal, they are fused to the jawbone and are able to provide stable support for artificial teeth that won’t slip or shift in your mouth, qualities especially important for speaking and eating. While the healing process can take weeks to months, you are able to proceed normally with everyday life between your regular dentist appointments.
To be a candidate for dental implants, you must have healthy gums and good bone support for the implant. Also, you must commit to keeping the structures healthy, as long-term success is dependent on good oral hygiene.
Albeit more expensive than other methods of cosmetic dentistry, dental implants are safe and are sometimes covered by medical insurance.
The best way to know if you’re a good candidate for dental implants is to see one of our dentists at Amberwood Dental Centre in Newmarket, ON. We can help you determine whether dental implants are right for you and talk about pricing and maintenance going forward. Call us today to help you replace your missing teeth and get you feeling confident about your smile again!