Your smile is an important part of who you are. But when your smile causes you to feel insecure or unhappy with your looks, you can find yourself lacking in confidence.
Fortunately, there are solutions available to help you transform your smile and bring back your confidence once again. If you’re suffering from missing or damaged teeth, then dental implants can be an effective solution for restoring your smile.
Find out more about dental implants below, and then book a consultation with us at Rinaldi Dental Arts.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are metal posts that are implanted into the jawbone to allow a replacement tooth to be fitted. For patients who are suffering from broken or missing teeth, dental implants can be a long term solution that helps recreate a natural smile.
As an alternative to bridges or dentures, dental implants are fixed and secure, giving you confidence when you wear them.
Who Are Dental Implants Suitable For?
Dental implants are suitable for most adults. They are not suitable for children or teenagers as their bones are still developing. To be a good candidate for dental implants, a patient will need healthy gums. Your dentist will assess your suitability to make sure dental implants are the right choice for you.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
There are many benefits of dental implants that make them a great choice for someone looking to restore their smile. Some of the main benefits include:
- A more natural-looking replacement for your teeth – the way implants are fitted means they’re hard to tell apart from the rest of your teeth.
- They’re strong and stable, behaving like a natural tooth.
- They can help you avoid bone loss that can be caused by missing teeth.
- Allows you to speak normally, without the interference that alternatives like dentures can cause.
- Can help support the rest of your teeth and your facial structure.
- Avoids some of the embarrassing issues caused by dentures, such as slippage.
- Easy to care for once fitted through normal oral hygiene habits.
- Minimal maintenance means your dental implant could last up to 20 years with proper care.
Dental implants can offer a permanent replacement for missing teeth, providing a much more comfortable and natural-looking solution compared to dentures and bridges. Dental implants will function just like your existing teeth, helping you feel confident in your smile once more.
Types of Dental Implants
There are different types of dental implants. It’s important to discuss your options with your dentist to make sure you select the most appropriate solution for your needs. After booking a consultation with us, we’ll be able to advise you on the best type of dental implant based on your preferences and budget.
Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implant. They are implanted into the jawbone, and over time, will fuse with the bone to create strong support for artificial teeth.
Subperiosteal implants involve fusing a metal frame under the gum and to the jawbone, which then allows posts to be fitted ready to place an artificial tooth. They can be a preferable option for those who wish to avoid an implant being inserted directly into the jawbone.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
One of the main advantages of dental implants is that they’re designed to be long-lasting. If you care for them properly, they could last as much as 10 or 20 years. Implants located in the front of the mouth tend to last longer than replacements for molars, which are used more for chewing.
Your dentist will keep an eye on your implants as part of your regular check-ups and will be able to replace them if they become damaged or worn down.
How Are Dental Implants Fitted?
At Rinaldi Dental Arts, we aim to make the experience of having dental implants fitted as comfortable as possible. You will usually require multiple visits to complete the treatment.
During your first visit, your dentist will remove the damaged tooth and carry out some X rays before creating a mold that will help ensure your implant is the right match for your teeth. The jawbone will then be prepared for the implant.
You will need to wait between appointments for your jawbone to heal, allowing the implant to be fitted on your next appointment. There is further healing time required before fitting the artificial tooth itself.
Caring for Dental Implants
You can prolong the life of your dental implant by following the care instructions set out by your dentist.
Oral hygiene is important for making sure your implants stay in good condition. You’ll want to brush and floss regularly and avoid smoking and other tobacco products that can cause staining. Regular visits to your dentist will also help you stay on top of your oral health.
Once your implant has been fitted and healed, it will work in the same way as your other teeth, with a natural appearance that will help transform your smile.
Schedule a Consultation with Rinaldi Dental Arts
If you think a dental implant is suitable for you, book a consultation with Rinaldi Dental Arts. We can discuss your options with you to make sure that a dental implant is the most suitable type of tooth replacement for you. We can advise you on the procedure and the treatment cost to help make sure you’re making the right decision.
At our Chevy Chase dental practice, we want to provide you with high-quality services and comfortable experience during your visit. Dental implants are a great way to bring your smile back, helping you regain your confidence to smile brightly once more.
Contact us today to book an appointment at Rinaldi Dental Arts.