Is tooth loss affecting your quality of life? The most obvious problem is the gap in your smile, but other effects are subtle. You avoid nutritious foods like fresh fruits and veggies because chewing them hurts. Your speech is also affected because it’s hard to form certain words, and worst of all, you’re too self-conscious to share your smile with others.
You don’t have to live this way! Dental implants have helped many of our Hershey, PA patients make the transition to a healthy, well-functioning smile that they can’t wait to show off.
Dental implants aren’t new, but patients who are just discovering them can use a little help to understand what they are and the benefits they offer.
What Is a Dental Implant?
At their most basic, dental implants are a foundation upon which a single tooth or multiple missing teeth can be built. A tiny titanium screw is placed in your jaw and acts as an artificial root to support a replacement tooth.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Immediately after losing a tooth, jaw bone in the area starts to shrink. Dental bridges and dentures work well, but they sit on top of your jaw and don’t do anything to prevent this bone loss.
Because a dental implant is placed in your jaw bone, it stimulates healthy bone regeneration to prevent the bone loss that changes your facial appearance and can lead to further tooth loss.
What's the Process for Getting Dental Implants?
The first step is for your dental implants dentist in Hershey, PA to surgically position the titanium screw in your jaw. The implant is left to heal for several months while it fuses with surrounding jawbone and tissue. After this process is complete, your dentist will add a crown, bridge, or denture to the implant to restore function, comfort, and appearance.
Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Most healthy adults with enough dense bone in their jaw to support the implant are candidates. Dr. Wes Davis is an experienced dental implants dentist who can handle the entire process—from the placement of your implant to the final restoration—here at our comfortable Hershey, PA dental office.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Davis to get started.