Dental Implants Offer a Permanent Solution to Tooth Loss
Are you unhappy with your smile due to missing teeth? Are you worried about your dentures slipping out of place when you speak or eat? Dental implants, restored at the Ruston practice of Dr. Wesley O. Lynch, offer a permanent solution to these concerns. Implants are tiny titanium posts implanted in the jawbone, where they can secure a range of restorations. In addition to being the most secure method to replace missing teeth, implants provide additional benefits for your appearance and oral health. Contact our friendly staff today to schedule a personal consultation and learn more.
Implants' stability is derived from their ability to integrate with the jawbone and act like tooth roots. For traditional implants, this is generally accomplished in two steps. First, you will visit a specialist who will surgically implant small titanium posts in your jaw, where they will fuse with the surrounding bone in a process called osseointegration. This process takes approximately three to four months. Once healing is complete, Dr. Lynch will uncover the top of the implant, and complete the procedure by affixing an abutment piece and restoration.
Types of Implant-Supported Restorations
Dental implants are a very versatile technology. They can support dental crowns and bridges, and secure dentures that are full or partial, removable or fixed. For a single tooth, Dr. Lynch will customize a dental crown based on the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth. For multiple missing teeth, he will design custom bridges or dentures that will restore the function of your bite, while looking attractive and natural. Dr. Lynch will help you find precisely the right type of restoration for your needs.
Candidates and Considerations
As long as you are missing teeth and are in good general health, implants may be an excellent option for you. Even the presence of certain chronic diseases (like diabetes) does not necessarily rule out treatment with implants, provided the condition is well controlled. In some cases, a bone graft or sinus lift may be needed to strengthen the jaw before your implants are placed. It is also important that you are willing and able to maintain good oral hygiene and commit to routine dental visits after your surgery. Since the use of tobacco products can slow healing, you should also be willing to give up tobacco use, especially during the osseointegration period.
A consultation with your dentist can help determine whether implants are right for your treatment needs.
How Dental Implants Can Benefit You
Unmatched in durability, dental implants truly are the next best thing to your own teeth. In fact, implant-supported restorations are so natural looking and feeling that you might forget you ever lost a tooth. You will be able to eat and speak with confidence, knowing your restoration will not slip out of place.
Additionally, dental implants are unique in their ability to retain bone mass in the jaw. The titanium posts act like tooth roots, stimulating the jaw when you bite and chew. This tells the body to continue sending nutrients to the jaw. If these signals are absent, the jawbone will deteriorate, which can result in noticeable shrinkage and facial collapse, and also loosen remaining teeth. And unlike traditional bridges, implant-supported bridges help preserve the adjacent teeth because they do not need to be significantly reduced and crowned.
Contact Us to Learn More
Our mission is to help you obtain and maintain good oral health in a caring, comfortable atmosphere. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Lynch today to learn more about how you can benefit from implants, cost, and more.