A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an excellent option for people in good general oral health who have lost either one or multiple teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or for some other reason such as tooth decay or disease. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth “friendly” than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. This means that important tooth structure doesn’t have to be removed to allow a bridge to be placed.
Dental implants look and feel so natural that you may forget you ever lost a tooth. We all know that our confidence about our teeth and our smile affects how we feel about ourselves, both personally and professionally. With experienced cosmetic dentists like Dr. Michelle C. Bartolome and Dr. William Swearingen in Citrus Heights, California, you no longer will have to hide your smile due to missing teeth.
Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak, and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is a solution for you that a highly trained cosmetic dentist can perform. Dental implants are also very durable. When the implant and the restoration on it are placed correctly, and the patient does his/her part in proper home-care and follow-up maintenance visits with our doctors, implants can often last a lifetime. Long-term studies continue to show improving success rates for implants.
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease. Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth.
As you know, your own teeth require conscientious home-care and regular dental visits to the dentist. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply as directed by your doctor.
After treatment, they will work closely with you to develop the best care plan for you. Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.
To learn more about dental implants and how they might benefit you, please contact Michelle C. Bartolome D.M.D. and William H. Swearingen, D.D.S. in Citrus Heights, California to schedule your initial appointment.
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