If you are missing teeth, you are probably familiar with the frustrations that can accompany dentures or denture bridges. Sometimes it can seem like these restorative treatments do almost more harm than good. Dental implants are an option you may not have considered that many term the closest thing to natural teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a restorative tooth replacement option. An implant has three parts: a titanium post, a metal abutment, and a dental crown. The post secures into the jaw. The abutment is used to secure the final crown, and the crown restores function and esthetics. Once in place, the three parts together should look and function like a real tooth.
What Are the Benefits?
- Easy to care for
- Eat what you want
- Prevents bone loss
Am I Eligible?
Patients who are missing a single tooth may not seem a good option for replacing just one tooth. Patients missing many or all of their teeth may not see a way for dental implants to help them. In fact, dental implants are the best option for replacing a single tooth without compromising others, and an implant-supported bridge or denture can replace multiple teeth more effectively than traditional dentures. The main determining factors in your eligibility for dental implants are good overall health (dental implants are a surgical procedure) and sufficient bone to support the implant.
Schedule a Consultation
Even if it has been years since you first lost your tooth, it is always worth investigating new options to more effectively restore your smile. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ryan O’Malley to discuss your questions and concerns regarding dental implants. To schedule, contact O’Malley Dental in Simpsonville, SC on our website or at 864-962-7672.