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Dental implants are an ideal treatment if you have missing teeth. In fact, they’re the closest thing you can get to a natural, healthy smile, restoring your ability to eat, smile, talk, laugh, and play with confidence. The CDC says more than 120 million Americans are missing one or more teeth, and 36 million Americans are missing all of their teeth.
The American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) designates August as Dental Implant Month. This is a time to spread awareness of what dental implants are and how they can improve your quality of life.
Dental implants are placed through several small procedures performed in the dentist’s chair, with the entire process taking between three and nine months, according to the Mayo Clinic. You may need a dental implant if your existing tooth was traumatized or falls victim to decay. If you don’t remove the tooth, it will eventually turn brown and fall out on its own. This can lead to other oral health problems, including infection.
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that provide your mouth and jaw with a healthy foundation, allowing fixed or removable replacement teeth to be added. Customized just for you, there are many advantages to dental implants.
The first step is to have a consultation with your dentist. He or she will provide you with an oral exam and will go over your options. Here’s a look at the process. If you decide a dental implant is for you, your dentist will:
Celebrate Dental Implant Month this August by doing something for yourself. You deserve it!
To learn more about our process for dental implants, feel free to request an appointment or call us at 818-762-2977.