If you are feeling self-conscious about missing a tooth or teeth, dental implants are one way to solve that issue – and more!
A dental implant can do wonders for patients of all ages who were shy about smiling, but it is about more than just the aesthetics. An implant makes it easier to eat and speak, offers stability, and is the closest thing to a natural tooth. Dental implant candidates must have healthy gums and strong bone structure.
Implants are manufactured "anchors" made mostly of titanium, that look like cylinders or screws and are attached to the jawbone and gum tissue to become a stable base for one or more custom artificial teeth. Treatment generally is a three-part process. First, the implant is surgically placed in the jaw and a screw is inserted into the implant to prevent gum tissue and other debris from entering. The gum then is secured over the implant for three to six months while it fuses with the bone. Second, the implant is uncovered, and a post is attached to the implant. Third, a crown is created to match the shape, color, fit, and size of your other teeth and is attached to the implant post.
Dr. Burkett can discuss making implants part of your treatment plan.