Are you missing a tooth and looking for a healthy, attractive replacement option that stabilizes biting and chewing? If so, your professional team at The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA, could help you achieve your smile goals with dental implants. The most durable and lifelike tooth replacements available today, dental implants perform, act, and feel just like real teeth! Read below to learn how Dr. Chris Haganman, Dr. Shannon Hingst, and Dr. Brad Stovie use implants to producing outstanding results for their patients.
What is a dental implant?
The resident prosthodontist (tooth replacement specialist) at The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids is Dr. Haganman. He delivers dental implants to older teens and adults who have good overall health and enough bone in their jaws to support implant devices.
How does a dental implant work? Instead of resting on the gums, as traditional bridges and dentures do, a titanium implant lives inside the jaw bone below the gums, functionally replacing the natural tooth roots. After qualifying a patient through a careful oral exam, X-ray imaging, and a series of three-dimensional scans, Dr. Haganman discusses treatment options with the patient. Depending on need, implants may replace a single tooth, several missing teeth, or a whole arch.
Currently, dentists, such as Dr. Haganman, place millions of single dental implants every year in the United States, according to statistics from the American Academy of Prosthodontists. Highly successful and long-lasting, implants integrate with human bone because of a process known as osseointegration. Science proves that human bone adheres to titanium remarkably well, and in dental applications, titanium functions as a new tooth root.
After in-office surgical insertion of an implant and once the site is fully integrated and healed, the dentist can attach a metal post and custom-made porcelain crown to finish the tooth replacement. Each time you bite and chew on your new tooth, you exercise your gums and jaw bone, further strengthening them.
Caring for dental implants
Although dental implants cannot decay as natural teeth do, they may develop peri-implantitis, a serious oral health problem which resembles gum disease. This infection degrades gums and bone at the implant site, loosening the implant and sometimes even making it fail.
To avoid this problem, Dr. Haganman encourages implant patients to:
- Brush around implant sites twice a day
- Floss daily to remove plaque and its associated bacteria
- Drink plenty of water to increase beneficial saliva
- Get semi-annual cleanings and check-ups at The Dental Center
- Stop smoking
Interested in implants? Give us a call!
Dental implants fill gaps, improve your jaw bone, and give you the oral function and appearance you deserve. To learn more about amazing dental implants, please call The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids for your personalized consultation. Phone the office team at (319) 365-0534.