Columbus, GA, dentist explains benefits of dental implants
Posted by Dr. Joseph Narde
Dr. Joseph Narde of Willow Point Dental in Columbus, GA, knows that losing a tooth can cause damage to a patient’s oral health and self-confidence. However, there are many dental procedures to replace a missing tooth and restore a smile. One tooth replacement option that provides a nearly permanent and natural solutions is dental implants. A dental implant is a tiny titanium screw that is placed into the jawbone. The metal piece then fuses with your jawbone and supports a new artificial tooth.
Length of treatment:
Because the process includes healing time, it can take three to nine months from start to finish. However, patients are comfortable during each procedure and temporary partials, or dentures, can be used during the process to fill in the gap. This partial is usually for appearance only and will be removed to clean and for sleep.
Dental implant options:
Patients must choose between a removable or a fixed prosthesis. The removable option is like a denture. It contains artificial teeth that are secured to a frame which snaps into place. It can be removed and is more affordable than multiple individual implants, making it a popular option for patients with several missing teeth. For individuals with only one tooth to replace or less concerns about cost, a fixed implant prosthesis can be used. In this case, the artificial tooth is cemented permanently onto the abutment.
Dental implants are an effective option for most patients
Dental patients who are missing teeth, have reached full growth, and have enough jawbone to ensure that implants can be secured or will undergo a bone graft are candidates for dental implants. Additionally, patients must have healthy oral tissue and not have any health conditions that could prevent healing.
For more information about dental implants, call Willow Point Dental today.
Dr. Joseph Narde in Columbus, GA, explains how dental implants can replace a tooth to restore a patient’s smile. Call (706) 685-6787 today.
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