Missing Teeth? Our Dental Implants Last a Lifetime

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Whether it’s one or 32, when you’re missing teeth, it impacts you in many ways, from how you feel about yourself to the types of foods you eat. Missing teeth can also change how you talk, sound, and smile and can actually change the structure of your face.

At Westlake Smile Studio, we understand the consequences of tooth loss and offer a solution that can replace your teeth permanently. During an initial consultation, our experienced team of cosmetic dentistry specialists can help you determine the right option for you and your teeth. Dental implants are often the best choice, as they look and feel natural and last a lifetime.

Dental implants 101

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that the dentist implants in your jawbone. These implants replace your tooth root and hold a bridge or crown in place. Your dentist can use dental implants to replace one tooth with a crown, a few teeth with a bridge, or all of your teeth with a full denture or an implant-supported full bridge.

Here at Westlake Smile Studio, we surgically place the implant in the jawbone, where it fuses with the bone and becomes nearly as strong. In some cases, we may need to perform additional procedures to ensure the jawbone has enough room and strength to hold the implant.

A sinus augmentation involves lifting the sinus floor to make space for the new implant, while a ridge modification might be necessary to build up the bone’s size and strength so it can effectively stabilize the artificial tooth root.

How to care for dental implants

Once you have dental implants, it’s important that you take care of them, a key element to making sure your implants last as long as you do.

To take the best care of your dental implants, act as though your teeth were real. Brush them twice a day and floss once. Use mouthwash. Schedule routine dental cleanings, ideally every six months, along with a yearly exam.

During the healing process, we may need to see you more often than every six months to monitor your new implants and ensure that you’re healing properly.

Benefits of dental implants

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are in a league of their own. Unlike root canals, crowns, and traditional dentures, dental implants are permanent fixtures in your mouth. You don’t take them out at night, they won’t need to be replaced, and they won’t slip or flap when you talk.

Dental implants have a wide range of benefits over the traditional options for missing teeth. They:

In addition, dental implants don’t decay. Imagine a world where there are no more abscesses, no more swollen guns, and no more toothaches, but you get to keep your great smile. That’s the world of dental implants.

Are dental implants right for you?

Although we offer solutions to meet everyone’s needs, dental implants are not the best option for every patient. The ideal dental implant candidate has good oral hygiene practices and is in good health.

What’s more, they should have healthy gum tissue and thick, strong jawbones. The ideal candidate for dental implants should practice thorough at-home dental care and have routine dental cleanings and exams, both before the implant procedure and after.

If you’re missing one or more teeth and looking for a long-lasting, natural-looking solution, it’s time to consider dental implants. They’re so close to your real teeth, you’ll forget they’re not! Give us a call at Westlake Smile Studio or set up your appointment online anytime.

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