By: Dr. Christopher Lim
Posted on: September 17, 2019
When you’re young, losing a tooth is an exciting adventure. You get a visit from the tooth fairy and a few shiny quarters along with the promise of a permanent adult tooth in its place. Unfortunately, those adult teeth are not always permanent. Teeth can be lost to decay due to poor brushing habits, disease, and even trauma such as sports injuries. Losing a tooth happens to many adults in the 89148 area; it does not have to be an embarrassing event. With dental implants from your dentist, Dr. Lim at Hillside Smiles, you don’t have to live with that gap in your smile.
If you have a tooth or several teeth missing, it can affect your self-esteem and cause you to hide your smile from the rest of the world. Dr. Lim believes that every patient deserves the smile they’ve always dreamed about.
One option that many of the patients at Hillside Smiles turn to is dental implants. Dental implants are composed of titanium rods that are inserted into the jawbone. Once the rod is implanted, the mouth goes through a process called osseointegration. During this process, the jawbone fuses to the dental implants and it becomes a stable and long-term fixture in your mouth. A dental crown is fabricated and placed on top of the implant to restore a natural appearance to the mouth.
Dental implants are advantageous for patients for a variety of reasons. Replacing a tooth with implants not only restores the appearance of your smile, but also restores functionality to the mouth. This allows you to eat properly, speak clearly, and it prevents teeth from shifting. Implants are also as durable and natural looking as your existing teeth. No one will ever know that you have replacement teeth!
The dental implant process does involve several visits to the dentist office, but unlike other procedures, it requires little to no reshaping of existing teeth. The ability to leave surrounding teeth intact ensures that your mouth and remaining teeth will stay healthy.
Once completed, dental implants require no special care. Regular brushing and flossing will help keep your implants and other teeth free from plaque. Avoid habits such as clenching your teeth or biting and chewing on hard objects. It is also important to maintain twice-yearly visits with Dr. Lim. With proper oral hygiene and routine dental care, your implants should last for many years.