By Russell Forrest, DDS
December 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are you reminded that you lost a tooth every time you smile or take a bite of food? Tooth loss doesn't have to change your life or your smile. Dental implants offer a simple, long-lasting way to replace missing teeth. Dr. Russell Forrest, your Topeka, KS, dentist, explains how you can restore your smile with implants.

No more gaps

Getting rid of gaps in your smile can give you a crucial self-esteem boost. A bright, healthy smile may help you feel more at ease in both social and business situations. Plus, you'll never have to worry about hiding your smile again in photographs after you receive a dental implant.

A complete tooth restoration choice

Dentures and bridges replace lost teeth above the gum line, but they can't replace roots, unlike dental implants. Replacing your entire tooth results in a more stable restoration, which makes biting and chewing much easier and comfortable.

The implant process begins when your Topeka dentist makes a hole in your jawbone for a titanium implant. The implant doesn't just rest in the opening, but actually bonds to your jawbone. Bonding usually takes about three to six months. Once your dentist is sure that your implant has bonded, he'll add a crown to the top of it. The crown closes the gap in your smile and restores your chewing ability.

A versatile option

Would you like to replace your teeth but are concerned that you've lost too many to take advantage of the benefits of dental implants? Implants are an excellent option if you've lost one tooth, but they can also be used to replace multiple teeth. Implant-supported dentures offer increased comfort and better biting power than traditional dentures. In most cases, you'll only need four to six implants to support an entire row of false teeth.

Better biting and chewing

It can be challenging to chew food after you lose a tooth. Ripping and grinding food can be impossible without your missing tooth. Your gap may also tend to trap pieces of food. When you choose dental implants, you'll be able to bite into the hardest, toughest foods without a problem and won't have to worry about food getting stuck in your gap anymore.

Are you ready to transform your smile with dental implants? Call Dr. Forrest, your Topeka, KS, dentist, at (785) 266-0330 to schedule your appointment.