If you got a tooth knocked out playing a sport, in an accident or due to tooth decay, sometimes it can be embarrassing until you get it taken care of. That is perfectly normal to feel that way when a piece of you is missing! The question now is, what are your options? Well, frequently, dental implants are the best treatment option.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are long-term replacements that are surgically placed into your jawbone, unlike removable dentures which rest of the gum line. They look, feel and function just like natural teeth! With dental implants, you regain the ability to eat virtually anything. Our dental implant patients can smile with confidence knowing that their teeth appear natural and that they facial contours will be preserved.
Dental Implants Vs. Conventional Dentures
Dental implants can be used to replace just one tooth so that the replacement looks and feels just like a regular tooth. Patients describe a quality of life that is much more comfortable than one with fixed bridges or removable dentures. Dentures, more often than not, make a person feel and look much older than they are and be be embarrassing when they slip & click. Plus, dentures restrict the every day pleasure of comfortably eating.
Are You A Candidate For Dental Implants?
There is a dental implant solution for most patients, with the exception of growing children, in need of 1 tooth or several teeth. Even if you have one of the following health concerns, dental implants can be successful: high blood pressure, diabetes, gum disease, problem teeth, those wearing partials or dentures, smokers, bone loss. Dental implants are usually deferred in children until their jaw growth is complete. However, there are some instances when implants may be appropriate.
If you recently lost a tooth or several teeth, contact Dr. J Mark Lawhon today to learn more about dental implants in the Florence, SC area!