If you’ve lost a tooth or have a tooth damaged beyond repair, it may be time to consider a dental implant.

There are a few options for patients who need to replace a tooth, but none have as many benefits as dental implants. Partial dentures and dental bridges don’t require surgery, but they don’t stimulate your jaw and they require your natural teeth to support them. Implants may be a more expensive option, but they offer the greatest overall benefits to your oral health.

A dentist sits with an asian woman, discussing her concerns for an upcoming dental implant procedure as well as after care. The bonus is that you don’t have to treat your dental implant any different from your natural teeth. By flossing daily, brushing twice a day and visiting your dentist for regular dental cleanings twice each year, you’re setting the foundation for a long-lasting and healthy dental implant.

What Makes Dental Implants the Leading Choice

Dental implants look, feel, and function like a natural tooth. Because implants are anchored to your jaw by an artificial tooth root, you don’t have to worry about taking it out when you eat. In fact, you won’t be able to take it out; a dental implant, if treated correctly, can last your entire life (some last 50 years or more!).

And the best part? You don’t have to treat your dental implant any different from your natural teeth. By flossing daily, brushing twice a day and visiting your dentist for regular dental cleanings twice each year, you’re setting the foundation for a long-lasting and healthy dental implant.

Receiving Your New Tooth

Now that you know the benefits a dental implant can have, it’s time to prepare for the procedure. Dental implants do require surgery, unlike a few other tooth replacement options, but you’ll be able to leave your dentist’s office knowing you’re taking home a tooth that will look and feel just like your natural teeth.

This outpatient procedure occurs in two parts. First, we’ll remove the damaged tooth and graft your jawbone as needed to make way for the implant. Then, we’ll place the implant into your jaw. In order to function properly, your jaw requires stimulation from your teeth. Having an implant embedded into your jaw doesn’t just make the dental implant longer lasting, it also helps maintain your oral health.

After placing the implant, your jawbone will need to grow around the implant to securely hold the implant like it does a natural tooth. At other practices, dentists might give his or her patients a removable crown to wear while the jawbone is growing that is incompatible with chewing and eating. Here at Denali Dental Care, our expert implant dentists will fit your implant with a provisional crown or bridge (called a restoration) the day of the procedure, which will allow you to eat and chew without removing the temporary crown.

Once your jawbone grows to support your new implant, you’ll come back to our office. We will fit you with your permanent restoration. Voila! You’re ready to show off your beautiful new tooth for years to come.

Implants Made Easier

If you’re ready to replace a missing or damaged tooth, a dental implant can improve your quality of life by supporting your jaw for years to come – and it doesn’t even need special treatment.

At Denali Dental Care in Anchorage, we can get your oral health back on the right track and get you smiling bright again with a dental implant. To schedule an appointment with our experienced cosmetic dentists, please call (907) 274-7691 today.