Dental Implants Q & A
Why replace missing teeth?
When you lose a tooth, the problem is more than just cosmetic. Your teeth are anchored directly into your jawbone, and every time you bite down, you stimulate that bone tissue, which keeps it healthy and strong.
When you lose a tooth, a portion of your jawbone is no longer stimulated, and that tissue can begin to deteriorate, leading to a shrunken area in the lower portion of your face. Additional issues created by a missing tooth include:
Shifting of adjacent teeth
Development of temporomandibular joint syndrome
Difficulty maintaining proper oral hygiene, leading to decay or gum disease
Inability to eat certain foods
What are dental implants?
Dental implants offer permanent tooth replacement that looks and acts just like natural teeth. The implants are anchored directly into your bone tissue in the same location as the roots of your missing tooth.
Dental implants stimulate your bone tissue and are virtually indistinguishable from your surrounding teeth. Once in place, they require no special care and will last a lifetime.
Are dental implants right for me?
Most men and women are great candidates for dental implants, but you may need to address specific dental issues before getting your new dental implant.
If you’re replacing a severely damaged or decayed tooth, Dr. Steier must remove the tooth before beginning the process. If your surrounding teeth or gums also need repair, it may be best to complete that work before getting your new implant.
What is the process for getting dental implants?
Getting implants takes several appointments, but you’ll walk out with a new smile on the same day the implant is positioned. The process begins with a thorough dental exam and the removal of decayed tooth or gum tissue if needed.
Next, Dr. Steier prepares your gum and bone tissue to receive the implant, which is made of bioidentical titanium. She uses a tiny pilot hole to direct the implant, and she caps the post with a temporary false tooth while your permanent crown is crafted at the lab.
It will take a few months for your bone tissue to fuse around the new implant. Once that process is complete, you’ll return for Dr. Steier to replace the temporary crown with the permanent version. You’ll then enjoy a permanently restored smile, and you’ll be able to eat your favorite foods and enjoy restored speech for the rest of your life.
When you’re ready to get started, schedule a time to come in and meet with Dr. Steier to create your customized treatment plan.