Are you suffering from the loss of teeth? Do you want an aesthetically more attractive smile? If the answer is yes, then you need to speak with your Port Orange, FL, dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Kim, about dental implants.
Dental implants are made up of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace your missing tooth root. Dental implants help stabilize, strengthen, and prevent weakening and shrinking of your jawbone. The next step involves sealing your gums and allowing 3 to 6 months for osseointegration, the process in which the titanium post fuses to the jawbone, to occur.
You will then need to come back to the dentist's office in Port Orange so that the dentist can re-open the area above the titanium post, insert a screw, place an abutment above the screw and secure a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.
Having a great smile isn't the only advantage dental implants provide:
- A dental implant can restore one tooth, a few teeth or all of your teeth.
- Unlike dentures, dental implants are fixed in place, so they don't fall out.
- The dental implants can last a lifetime.
- They can restore bite and chewing function.
Like the rest of your teeth, make sure you brush your teeth and floss every day. You have to brush at least twice a day and, for at least two minutes each, and floss at least once before bedtime.
Also, a change in diet may benefit your dental health. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and avoiding sugary foods to prevent accumulation of plaque is good preventative dentistry. Make sure you drink plenty of water that will remove food debris and help avoid cavities.
Dental implants are expensive, but are a great investment that can last a lifetime. If you have more questions about dental implants, call Dr. Kim in Port Orange, FL, at (386) 322-4867.