If you’ve long lived with missing teeth and never done
anything about it because you dreaded the idea of dentures, it’s time to get to
know dental implants. This
wonderful dental restoration completes your smile so your mouth looks, feels,
and works better than ever.
Here are just eight things you need to know about dental
Permanent: Once an implant is placed in
your jaw, the healing process gives it time to fuse with the bone for good. A properly
healed implant works so well that it doesn’t feel like anything – it’s simply part
of your smile.
The artificial tooth root of the implant is made of titanium, an incredibly
strong, long-lasting solution for tooth replacement. Only you will ever know
this, however. The implant is below the gumline and not visible.
The fake tooth that is eventually attached to the implant is either a crown,
dental bridge or denture.
You can use a dental implant to replace just one tooth, but you don’t need a
dental implant for every tooth being replaced, especially if you’re replacing
an entire arch of top or bottom teeth. In many cases, just four implants are
needed to fully complete your smile. Teeth in One Day or the All-On-4 procedure
involves the attachment of a dental bridge or denture to the implants.
Not only do finished dental implants look natural, they feel natural too. They
act like natural teeth, so you can bite and chew with confidence. Teeth don’t
require any special treatment either for cleaning. Simply brush and floss as
normal to keep the implants clean and healthy, and see your Fort Lauderdale
dentist regularly for check-ups
Modern innovations to the dental implant process have made it possible for
nearly all patients to take advantage of dental implants, even if they have
poor bone quality or health issues like diabetes.
Implants not only replace missing teeth, they do hard work under the gumline
too, stimulating the jawbone and doing the work that a natural tooth root would
be doing. This prevents the sunken look that can occur for people who have many
It’s difficult to fully quantify the benefits of dental implants, but one of
the biggest benefits of this treatment is the confidence that comes from having
a complete smile again. Patients who get implants can speak, eat, and smile
without worrying about the condition of their teeth or what might happen in the
middle of a meal or conversation.
If you’re ready to talk about completing your smile and
learn more about dental implants, contact Dr.
Charmaine Johnson at Premier Smile Center, your dentist near Fort
Lauderdale to learn more and schedule a visit. Your complimentary consultation or
teledentistry visit will
include an oral examination, a discussion of your goals and concerns, and a
review of all viable treatment options.