Are you missing several teeth?
Do you have trouble eating certain foods?
Do you always feel like people are staring at you because of your smile?
These are all problems that can be solved easily with dental implants in Marietta from Shining Smiles Family Dentistry.
So…what exactly are dental implants?
You’ve seen the commercials and you’ve read the advertisements, but they don’t really go into much detail regarding what dental implants actually are…do they?
Instead of just slapping up an advertisement, we believe it’s essential to educate patients who are interested in undergoing the dental implant procedure. As they say, knowledge is power.
For starters, dental implants are titanium screws that attach to your jawbone in order to make a secure, artificial tooth root. Dental implants not only provide structural integrity, but also lay the foundation for using crowns and bridges for aesthetic restoration.
Since the dental implants actually fuse to your jawbone, they provide a stable foundation that in many cases actually improves upon the “teeth foundation” you were born with!
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are universally considered the “gold standard” for achieving outstanding outcomes in care and patient results. In fact, many patients decide to get dental implants after having already tried dentures (only to find they didn’t fit correctly, shifted around in the mouth, and provided a poor overall experience).
On the other hand, dental implants have a success rate of 98% and can last a lifetime when cared for properly. For more information, we suggest you check out this article from WebMD on the subject.
What problems do they solve?
Dental implants can solve a wide variety of issues both functionally and aesthetically. Here are a few of them.
Improved facial structure
Many patients who are missing teeth report facial sag on one side or both. Because dental implants restore the natural functionality of your teeth, they often can reduce or eliminate facial sagging.
Missing teeth can feel awkward and uncomfortable. Since dental implants can provide you with an entirely new set of teeth, you’ll be much more comfortable.
Increase in self-confidence
We’ve seen firsthand how dental implants can completely restore and renew someone’s self-esteem. If you avoid smiling because you are missing teeth, just know there is a solution out there that can take those feelings away and bring you the confidence you’re looking for.
Dental implants are tough. With proper care (which we will guide you on), it’s not uncommon for dental implants to last a lifetime.
Removes embarrassment of dentures
Dental implants are permanent; they look and feel like natural teeth. While dentures might cause you feelings of embarrassment about having false teeth that need to be taken out (and constantly shift while eating and talking), none of those issues exist with dental implants.
Do they hurt?
Patients are numb or sedated during the dental implant procedure, so you will feel no pain while you’re in the dental chair. It’s entirely possible that you will feel some pain afterwards because, after all, a foreign object has been placed in your mouth and your gums will need time to heal and adapt.
That being said, the vast majority of patients who’ve had the implant procedure do not regret it, and typically say that overall the pain was not that bad.
How does the process work?
Here’s the simple, straightforward answer:
After you’ve met with Dr. Mohip at our Lost Mountain practice in Marietta and decide to move forward with the dental implants procedure, the first step will be developing an individualized care plan that focuses on your goals and unique needs.
At Shining Smiles, we understand that every patient is different, and while all dental implant procedures are similar, no two are exactly the same. We ensure that you receive the care you need to get the perfect results for you.
Typically, the first step (after the consult and care plan is developed) will be to place a small titanium post in the socket of the missing tooth. The jawbone will then begin the healing process, growing around the implant. This process is known as osseointegration and can take several weeks or months.
Once that step is complete, an abutment will be attached to the top of the titanium implant post; this abutment is what will hold your dental crown in place.
After the abutments are placed, your new crowns can be placed, which completes your dental implants transformation!
Am I a candidate for dental implants? Find out by visiting our practice in Marietta!
If you are missing several teeth and are wanting a more beautiful smile and the ability to enjoy foods that you haven’t enjoyed in a long time, you should consider dental implants from Shining Smiles.
When you schedule your complimentary dental implants consultation, you’ll meet face to face with Dr. Shaila Mohip where you can ask any and all questions you have regarding the dental implants procedure.
At Shining Smiles, transparency and honesty are extremely important to us as we believe these two things are the foundation of any personal or professional relationship. We don’t just tell you what you want to hear; we tell you what you need to hear in order to make the best decision for your dental health.