Few problems create more stress for dental patients than dental extractions and tooth loss. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers many more options to replace missing teeht than it used to, making eating, laughing, and smiling confidently completely attainable, even when you have tooth loss.
Dr. Michael Colangelo offers dental implants as one of the most convenient and beneficial tooth replacement options.
Why Patients Choose Dental Implants
Losing teeth creates so many problems with the simplest things in life – eating your favorite foods and smiling freely among them. A life filled with soft foods does not appeal to most people, and dental implants offer a solution that does not create dietary restrictions.
Dental implants are stable, highly esthetic, and reliable. Dental implants can last for years with the proper care and maintenance. They can even last a lifetime with minimal maintenance, as long you maintain your oral health.
Unlike dentures, dental implants will not move or shift when you eat, laugh, or yawn, so you can avoid many of the embarrassing social situations that feel awkward or may even keep you from spending priceless time with family and friends.
Health and Cosmetic Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide health and cosmetic benefits that other tooth-replacement options do not. For example, dental implants help retain the bone that will typically deteriorate in the areas where tooth loss has occurred.
Dental implants also stabilize your bite by preventing your remaining teeth from shifting toward the gap left by a missing tooth.
Cosmetic benefits include the natural appearance of your dental implant crown and the assurance that your dental implant will match your surrounding teeth.
Dental Implant Treatment – What to Expect
Dental implants are made of three main parts that correspond to the steps required for successful dental implant treatment:
Dental implant post – This small post will be surgically implanted into your natural bone. It mimics your natural tooth’s root structure and performs the same function by creating stability and bone regeneration. Over several months, it will actually integrate with your jawbone.
Implant abutment – Your abutment sits atop your dental implant post, providing a base for your custom dental implant crown. Once the healing phase is complete, Dr. Colangelo will place the abutment and take impressions for your implant crown.
Implant crown – This is the part of your dental implant that others will see. It will look like your natural teeth in both shape and color so that it blends in perfectly with your smile.
Protecting Your Investment in Dental Implants
Dental implants require the same basic care as your natural teeth. Your gums must remain healthy because periodontal disease can lead to dental implant failure. Good home care, including brushing your teeth and implant as well as flossing, is essential. Regular dental cleanings and exams will further protect your investment.
Don’t Settle for a Gap in Your Smile
We invite you to contact Grapevine Dental and schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Colangelo to discuss if dental implants are the right option for you. Dr. Colangelo is experienced, gentle, and offers patients a variety of treatments to choose from, so they can make the best choice for their own dental health. Welcome!