Has tooth loss permanently altered your smile? Closing those gaps is easy with dental implants. Our Nashua, NH, dentists, Dr. Salvatore Guerriero and Dr. Salvatore Colletta, explain how dental implants can restore your smile.
How do dental implants work?
Unlike other restoration options, dental implants actually give you an entire new tooth. The process starts when a small titanium post is added to an opening in your jawbone. The post replaces your lost tooth roots and fuses to your jawbone during a process called osseointegration. Once osseointegration is complete, an abutment is added to the top of the implant. The abutment serves as a connector between the implant and the dental crown you'll receive in our Nashua office. You'll usually need to wait about three to six months for the osseointegration process to finish before you receive a crown, although in some cases, it may be possible to receive your implant and crown at the same time.
Most people are aware that dental implants can replace single teeth, but not everyone knows that implants are also suitable for replacing multiple teeth and can be used in place of traditional dentures. When you choose implant-supported dentures, you'll need as few as four to eight implants to support one upper or lower denture.
Do dental implants offer any special benefits?
In addition to filling the gap in your smile and improving your self-esteem, dental implants offers several important advantages. When you have an implant, you won't have to worry that your biting power will be affected. Gum irritation also won't be an issue with dental implants. Because your crown is securely attached to your implant, it won't slip or slide when you eat.
Dental implants also provide oral health benefits. Your new implant will take over for your natural roots and provide the constant pressure required to prevent jawbone loss. Thanks to your implant, you won't need to worry that your jawbone will weaken and recede and cause tooth loss or facial sagging.
Are you ready to find out if dental implants are the right choice for you? Call our Nashua, NH, dentists, Dr. Guerriero and Dr. Colletta, at (603) 882-3727 to schedule an appointment.