Tooth loss can be a traumatic experience that takes a toll on your self-esteem as well as your oral and general health. Whether you’re missing one, a few, or all of your natural teeth due to common oral health problems like tooth decay, gum disease, a sports injury, or a traumatic accident, dental implants can restore your smile and oral health. Ann Mudd, DMD, offers dental implants and other restorative dentistry options for patients in Louisville, Kentucky. Contact Ann B. Mudd, DMD Family Dentistry with a Gentle Touch today for more information about dental implants or schedule an appointment online.
Dental implants are a prosthetic that replaces a missing tooth from root to crown. The implant consists of a small titanium screw that’s surgically placed in the socket of the missing tooth.
Implants are a great option because not only do they replace missing teeth, but they also contribute to good oral health by preserving healthy bone tissue. They’re the closest restoration to a natural tooth, and don’t require adhesives to stay in place.
Once in place, the implant fuses with the bone tissue in your gums through a process known as osseointegration, which anchors it in place and also helps to prevent bone loss.
After a short healing period, a cosmetic crown is attached to the implant with an abutment. Once they’re in, they look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth.
If you’re missing a few teeth, you may want to consider dental implants. Implants can replace individual teeth or support a set of dentures on the upper or lower jaw.
However, in order to receive dental implants, you have to meet a few requirements. You must be in overall good overall health and also have enough bone density in the gums to support the implant.
Dr. Mudd will perform a comprehensive dental exam to determine whether you’re a good candidate for implants, and discuss all of your options with you at your consultation.
Like natural teeth, dental implants require regular oral hygiene and follow up care to prevent complications. However, with proper care, implants have a very high success rate.
Like any surgical procedure, there are risks involved and implants are not right for everyone. But don’t worry — Dr. Mudd thoroughly explains the entire procedure and your options. If you don’t qualify for implants, there are several options available to restore your smile after tooth loss.
Implants are designed to be a long-term replacement for missing teeth. While nothing can take the place of natural healthy teeth, with proper care implants have been shown to last longer than other dental restorations.
Depending on your health, oral hygiene and dental care habits, lifestyle factors, and other circumstances, on average, they can last 15 years or longer.
Contact the office today or scheduling an appointment online to find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants.