A missing tooth can create problems when it comes to your health and appearance. Not only can it make you self-conscious about smiling, speaking, and laughing, but it can make eating difficult.
At Scott Family Dentistry, we offer dental implants as one of our tooth-replacement options because it gives the most natural and stable outcome for replacing missing single teeth or even for anchoring a loose denture.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Since we custom design each dental implant to match your natural teeth, they look great and match your smile. The benefits of dental implants go further than just appearances, too. Here are some of the reasons why you may choose to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant.
Convenience – Our patients love convenience, and dental implants do not disappoint! Single dental implants have a similar structure to your natural tooth, so you care for them much the same way – by brushing, flossing, and visiting us for regular dental appointments. They don’t require any special tricks or tools to care for them.
Bone retention – Your teeth and jaw bone have a dependent relationship. When that relationship is disrupted by tooth loss, you may also lose the valuable bone structure that once supported your tooth. A dental implant helps to maintain your bone and prevent the chain reaction of tooth loss that sometimes accompanies the loss of one tooth.
Stability – Having a dental implant to fill the gap in your smile keeps your remaining teeth from shifting, protecting your bite.
Denture stability – If you have difficulty with ill-fitting dentures, we can place a few dental implants to help “lock” your denture in place.
Few dietary restrictions – Dental implants allow you to keep the diversity in your diet!
Longevity – With proper care, dental implants can last for a very long time, giving you years of stability and service.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants require a few steps for success. First, Dr. Scott will evaluate the density of your bone to determine if it can support a dental implant.
Once we determine your bone levels, we will surgically place your dental implant into your bone. Most patients report that they are pleasantly surprised at how much easier this is compared to how they thought it would be! We always make sure you are comfortable for dental procedures.
Next, we wait! Dental implants integrate with your natural bone over the course of a few months. Healing is necessary for the greatest stability and success!
Finally, it’s time for the crown! Your dental implant crown is a custom creation designed just for you. It will match your existing teeth, blend in with your smile, and give you seamless results!
Would You Like to Learn More about Dental Implants?
Contact our Yankton, SD dental office today to schedule an implant evaluation with Dr. Jessie Scott. We look forward to helping you achieve a smile that makes you feel great about the way you look.