Losing your teeth can have negative consequences on both your smile and your dental health. To maintain the stability and beauty of your smile, always seek immediate dental care to address tooth loss. In today’s blog, your Columbia dentist, Dr. David Foster, explains how dental implants provide strong and natural looking dental replacements.
Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What happens when I lose a tooth?
Answer: The body stops supplying the surrounding jawbone with doses of calcium and phosphorus. Deprived of these essential nutrients, the bone begins to dissolve. This leads to further tooth loss and an aged appearance, often causing patients to develop sunken cheeks and jowls.
Question: How do dental implants work?
Answer: Dental implants consist of biocompatible posts that is inserted directly into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the posts, anchoring the restorations into place. Your Columbia TN cosmetic dentist will add an abutment to the top of the post to hold a dental crown in place, restoring your smile to full function and beauty. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or secure a full set of dentures.
Question: Will my implants look natural?
Answer: Yes. The restorations added to the implant posts will be created based on impressions of your smile. We often use dental porcelain for the crowns because this material mimics the appearance of natural teeth.
Question: How long do dental implants last?
Answer: A dental implant can last up to 25 years and some have been known to last even longer. Simply maintain good oral hygiene to protect your smile and your restoration. Always attend checkups and cleanings and brush your teeth twice a day. Don’t forget to floss and avoid foods and drinks high in sugar and other starches.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Columbia TN Cosmetic Dentist
For patient with missing teeth, dental implants provide quality smile restoration. To learn more about the implant procedure, talk to your Columbia TN cosmetic dentist. Dr. Foster can decide which of our restorative and cosmetic techniques will best address your dental needs. Schedule an appointment our 38401 dentist office by calling (931) 388-3384. We welcome patients from Columbia, Spring Hill, Mt. Pleasant, Lewisburg, Lewisburg, Hohenwald, Centerville and surrounding communities.