Your smile is an asset, enabling you to eat, speak and look like yourself. However, missing teeth mar self-confidence and oral function. Fill those gaps with dental implants from Dr. Bruce Adams in Laramie, WY. Implants reside in the jaw bone just as real teeth do.
Tooth loss changes so much
Lose just one tooth, and your whole mouth changes. Teeth bordering the empty space shift toward it, eventually weakening. Bone and gum tissue shrink very quickly, and your ability to speak clearly and enjoy your favorite foods degrades. Finally, smile gaps impact personal appearance and self-esteem.
Your best replacement option
It's the dental implant, a titanium metal screw that bonds to your jaw where your natural tooth once resided. Through osseointegration, the implant bonds with your jawbone, creating a strong bond. After your dentist adds a post and porcelain crown to your implant, the bond strengthens with ordinary biting and chewing.
Qualifying for dental implants
In his Laramie, WY, office, Dr. Adams will take you through the qualifying examination and three-dimensional X-rays. He's looking for:
- Good overall health
- Healthy gum tissue
- Sufficient bone in the jaw to support the dental implant device
Dr. Adams performs the entire treatment right in his office, restoring the implant with the post and crown some weeks afterward. Most patients do well with local anesthetic during the procedure.
The best implant patients brush and floss thoroughly at home and see Dr. Adams for an exam and cleaning every six months. It's critical to keep implant sites clean (and to stop all tobacco usage) to avoid peri-implantitis, an infection resembling advanced gum disease. Peri-implantitis is the biggest threat to long-term retention of dental implants.
Finally, even people who have lost multiple teeth can receive dental implants. Implants anchor both multi-tooth bridges and full/partial dentures for functional and beautiful smiles.
Learn more about dental implants
Contact Dr. Bruce Adams at his Laramie, WY, office to find out if dental implants are right for you. Love your smile again. Phone us for a consultation: (307) 721-2900.