Missing teeth can have a big impact on your life, from your ability to enjoy your favorite foods to how confident you feel smiling for photographs. Eventually, missing teeth will affect your oral health. Dental implants are a tried-and-true solution to missing teeth.
If you are interested in dental implants as a solution for your missing teeth, contact us at Apollo Dental. We provide a wide range of dental services, including implants, for patients in the Rochester, MN, area. Keep reading to learn more about dental implants to decide if they are right for you.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a near-permanent tooth replacement option, and they provide a much more natural feel than other options such as dentures or bridges. Because dental implants are anchored into your jawbone — just like your natural teeth are — you might not even notice they are there.
A dental implant starts with a titanium screw. The screw is placed in your jawbone where a natural tooth has vacated. Your jawbone grows around the screw to anchor it in place. The top of the implant, called the abutment, is covered with a dental crown that has been colored and carved to match your natural teeth.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Dental implants are a great option for many people, but they do not work for everyone. For example, if you have been missing teeth for a long time, your jawbone may have deteriorated too much to allow an implant. In this case, a bone graft might be able to restore your jawbone enough to support an implant.
If you are a habitual smoker or if you use other forms of tobacco, you should quit using before receiving dental implants. Tobacco use is one of the main causes of poor oral health, including problems with dental implants.
If you are interested in dental implants to restore missing teeth, contact Apollo Dental in Rochester, MN. We can evaluate your oral health and develop a treatment plan that works for you. Call 507-287-8320 to schedule an appointment.