Dental implants are surgically implanted into the bone of your jaw. Implants are a replacement for missing roots, damaged roots or decaying roots. The implants look like little screws (typically titanium) that are placed directly into the bone so that the new tooth is nice and secure. The implants become a part of the jawbone just like your regular teeth.
Dental implants are used on a variety of patients from all ages as long as the patient has hit puberty (roughly age 16 for female and age 18 for male) and the jawbone is full grown. Implants are used for a single tooth or multiple teeth due to injuries, decay or disease.
Dental implants from Dr. Martos will leave you with a natural looking smile just like any other person. You will be able to eat and drink just as you did with your natural born teeth, sometimes you will have an even stronger foundation than before. The best thing about dental implants is that you will no longer have to worry about cavities where the implants are. Most importantly, implants will not change anything about your speech pattern or vocals. You will sound the exact same before and after the procedure. Some of the benefits of dental implants are outlined below.
- Healthy, Natural Teeth
Dental implants are strong and sturdy making them function just like a normal tooth. The ability to chew as you normally would makes them just as functional as your regular teeth. Implants do not discolor or fade over time and you care for them just like your normal teeth. With these traits, dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth.
- Long Term Solution
Dental implants are also a lifelong solution as long as you care for them as you would your normal teeth. As long as you brush, floss and receive the twice a year checkups you will no doubt be able to maintain the dental hygiene needed to ensure the implants last a life time. Remember these implants are posts surgically implanted into the jawbone making them more secure and reliable.
- Improved Appearance/Comfort
Dental implants provide you with a renewed sense of confidence. You can smile big without fear of embarrassment. Your nice, white teeth will make you feel young again. An alternative to implants are dentures, but with those you have to take them out to care for them. This is a tough thing for some people. Dentures also cause you to worry about them slipping while you are talking. Implants are just like your other teeth. They do not move, slip, slide or fade in time. They improve your smile leaving you happy to be in pubic. A self-esteem booster making life more fun!
- No Cavities
One of the best things about dental implants is the fact that you do not have to worry about cavities any more. Implants cannot get cavities like your normal teeth can; therefore, that is one less thing to worry about. Although you still need to care for them just like they are normal teeth by brushing, flossing and using mouthwash you will never have to worry about getting a cavity again. You can’t beat that!
Dental implants are installed in two phases. The first phase includes cutting the gum line so that the implant can be secured to the bone. The implant will become a part of the bone structure as it heals. The second phase includes returning to the clinic in 3 to 6 months for a follow-up where impressions are taken so that a customized ceramic crown can be made. The ceramic crown will then be secured to the implant and to the replacement tooth or teeth. A new functional set of teeth are ready for your smile and chewing!