You've lost more than one tooth, and you worry about the consequences. What are gaps doing to your bone structure and your remaining teeth? Plus, you feel too embarrassed to smile as before. What would people think? Why not explore today's finest tooth replacements, dental implants? Skillfully placed by Naples, FL, dentists, Dr. Richard Linden and Dr. Maria Linden, these artificial teeth restore smiles to full function and aesthetics, and they provide other oral health benefits, too.
What is a dental implant?
It's the most successful, versatile and longest lasting tooth replacement option available today. The single tooth implant is made up of a titanium metal root, surgically inserted into the jaw, a metal alloy post, and custom-crafted porcelain crown. Through a process known as osseointegration, the jaw bone quickly adheres to the titanium implant, allowing for jaw bone growth and superior biting and chewing.
In addition, dentists in Naples use dental implants to support fixed, multi-tooth bridges and full dentures. This secure anchorage avoids denture slippage, gum, and bone recession and wear and tear on neighboring natural teeth.
Plus, once implants are in place, they stay in place. Most dentists see dental implants last indefinitely--great longevity compared to conventional prosthetics which need replacement after 10 years of normal wear.
Who gets dental implants?
People who have strong immune systems, are in good overall health and who have enough bone in their jaws qualify for dental implants. That means the vast majority of adults can undergo the simple in-office examination, X-rays, impressions, and oral surgery.
Typically, local anesthetic takes care of any discomfort during implant insertion. Healing of the implant site takes several weeks to months. Full osseointegration almost guarantees implant success and longevity because titanium is so biocompatible, and implants do not decay.
Caring for dental implants
Just brush, floss and eat a healthy diet. In other words, care for dental implants as you would your natural teeth. Get semi-annual check-ups and hygienic cleanings at Linden Dental to avoid plaque and tartar build-up. Also, stop smoking because tobacco toxins cause an infection called peri-implantitis, a real threat to the health of implant sites. See your primary care physician about a smoking cessation program.
Enjoy a complete smile once again with beautiful, stable dental implants from your friends at Linden Dental in Naples, FL. Won't you call today to arrange a consultation? Phone (239) 593-0777.