Have you considered getting dental implants to replace missing or broken teeth and improve your smile? If not, it might be time to think about it! Dental implants are a great alternative to bridges and crowns, and look and feel as natural as your own teeth! If your smile is currently causing you to have feelings of low self-esteem, or you are having difficulty chewing your food, a dental implant may be just the thing you need to get your smile- and your life- back on track! Here’s what you need to know about dental implants, from your Medford, Oregon dental experts at Ferrin Periodontics.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
A dental implant is placed into the jawbone at the site of a missing tooth. This may be a tooth that was recently extracted, or one that has been missing for years. Using mild sedation, your oral surgeon will place a surgical post into the jaw, which will act as an anchor for the implant crown, much like a root anchors a natural tooth into your mouth. The post will then be fitted with a temporary cap and left to heal for several weeks. Impressions will then be taken for the permanent crown that will be cemented onto the post. You will receive this crown within a few weeks, which completes your dental implant process.
Are Dental Implants Better Than Dental Bridges?
While bridges are still a good option in some cases, many patients prefer the easy care and freedom of dental implants. Other than having to pay a little extra attention to flossing around the base of the implant, you can brush it normally, just as you do with your natural teeth. Additionally, since the implant is permanently fastened into your jawbone, you don’t have to worry about removing it to clean, as you do with dentures or partials, and you can go about your daily activities without giving your dental implant a second thought! The ease and efficiency of dental implant care makes it a popular option among patients of all ages.
Missing one or more teeth can cause people to become embarrassed to smile in photos, talk to new acquaintances, or speak in front of a group. If this sounds like you, don’t let another day go by feeling less than confident when you can have a beautiful smile with dental implants! Dr. John D. Ferrin and the rest of the Ferrin Periodontics team wants to help you get your confidence back and improve your smile so you can live life to its fullest.
Call our Medford, OR office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ferrin and his staff of dental care professionals.