Dental Implants in Amherst, NH
Having a missing tooth is embarrassing. It can lower your self-esteem and make you less likely to socialize. You may be reluctant to eat, talk, laugh, or even smile around other people. But did you know an untreated missing tooth can cause other problems, too?
Missing teeth can reduce your ability to chew. This may lead to you avoiding hard, crunchy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, which can eventually cause malnutrition. Missing teeth also lead to degeneration of your jawbone and shifting of your remaining teeth. If the other teeth move out of alignment, it can cause issues with your bite, uneven tooth wear, and discomfort.
If you're missing a tooth, a dental implant restoration can restore the tooth almost like it was never gone. Dental implants are a strong, permanent, and reliable option for restoration after tooth loss or extraction.
What Are Dental Implant Restorations?
There are two parts to a dental implant restoration: the implant, which is placed below the gums into your jaw by an oral surgeon, and the cosmetic restoration, usually a crown or bridge. Implants can also be used to support dentures if you have trouble with your dentures staying in place. In this case, a piece of hardware will be mounted into the implant. This allows you to snap your dentures into place and give them a stable, sturdy foundation.
All dental implant restorations start with a biocompatible titanium implant. The implant is surgically inserted into the jawbone and allowed to heal and fuse with the bone to strengthen the implant. Once the implant is fully healed, our Amherst, NH dental office will create a crown to match your natural teeth. Implant-supported crowns give you a beautiful, natural-looking restoration of missing teeth.
If you are missing multiple teeth, an implant-supported bridge can replace a row of teeth with a single appliance. This option is less expensive than individual implants to replace each tooth separately. The process is similar to single-tooth implant restorations, with multiple implants placed to support the bridge. If you are interested in an implant supported bridge, talk to Dr. Edwards about whether this choice is right for you.
How Do I Care For My Implants?
Because implant restorations are very similar to natural teeth, your home care routine is, too. Use proper brushing and flossing techniques daily and visit your Amherst dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Try to avoid chewing on hard foods such as ice or popcorn kernels since the porcelain crowns can chip.
Call Us for a Consultation
Whether you're missing one teeth or several, dental implant restorations can give you a healthy, beautiful smile once again. Call our office today to schedule a consultation if you are interested in finding out more about implants.