If you are living without a complete smile, how are you feeling about the situation in your mouth? Are you ready for the upcoming holidays? After all, there’s bound to be a lot of smiling, talking, and chewing. If you’re not ready, we need to talk. You see, we realize that nothing will ruin a smile faster than adult tooth loss. Millions of Americans just like you know firsthand how this unwanted situation will work against your health, appearance, self-esteem, quality of life and more. That’s why so many folks who are struggling through life without a full set of teeth are curious about restorative dentistry solutions like dental implants. Keep reading to see a few of the commonly asked questions we get at our Athens, AL dentist’s office, then call us at 256-229-3416 to begin your own transformative journey at East Limestone Family Dental.

What Makes Dental Implants Special?

Most of us remember those slippery dentures our grandparents wore. Dental implants are not like that. Rather, they are small rods, typically made of titanium, that look like a screw. They are surgically inserted into your jaw and attached to replacement teeth to create a strong and beautiful new smile. Once implants have been inserted, they immediately begin to merge with the bone in your jaw and act as the roots of your teeth, which ensures that you don’t fall prey to bone and gum tissue loss. They won’t just rest on your gums, they will become part of your body! Fortunately, East Limestone Family Dental offers dental sedation to help you feel completely comfortable during the process. Using our sedation techniques, you’ll experience pleasant dental care that will allow us to restore your smile and a whole lot more.

Which Restoration Is The Best?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to that one. After an oral surgeon places your implants and the healing process is complete, the implants will be ready to receive new replacement teeth using Dr. Fitts’s restorative dentistry expertise. Depending on your needs and unique situation, he can replace one missing tooth with a single crown attached to an implant, or he can use two or more implants to anchor a sturdy bridge that will replace several missing teeth in a row. The important thing to remember is that you have options here.

What Do Dental Implants Feel Like?

They won’t feel like a foreign substance is in your mouth, if that is a concern to you. Our implants are crafted to feel like your natural teeth. The artificial tooth, or crown, is custom-made to fit your mouth. It will be the right size, shape, and color to blend in with the rest of your existing teeth.

Do Dental Implants Last Forever?

We wish. They may not last forever, but our dental implants are designed to last for decades, maybe even a lifetime, but they will require some maintenance, just like your real teeth. According to recent studies, dental implants can actually add years to your life! With any luck, you can look younger AND live longer! But it will be up to you to take care of your smile on a daily basis.

Will Implants Work For Me?

That is out hope. The truth is that it all depends on your situation. The best candidates for dental implant surgery are folks who are in good health overall. Your jaw bone must also be thick and tall enough to support the implant. All you have to do to find out for sure is call the team at East Limestone Family Dental today at 256-229-3416 or contact us online to request your dental implants consultation in Athens, AL.