What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are an alternative to dentures or bridges, involving dental surgery to insert metal pieces that work like screws to attach artificial teeth. Implants look and function just like natural teeth, which is why they’re so highly regarded among the dental community. With various benefits, dental implants are the perfect restorative dentistry procedure for some patients that are looking to get their smile and confidence back!

The Benefits of Dental Implant Surgery 

Imagine a diagram of a human mouth. The visible teeth extend below the gums into roots, which connect to the jawbone. Dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone, thus replacing the tooth’s roots. This is a benefit of dental implant surgery because it offers a pillar of support for the artificial teeth to adhere to. Once the artificial roots are in place, you’ll have the option between removable and fixed artificial teeth. Removable teeth make cleanings and repairs more effortless, while permanent artificial teeth more closely resemble natural teeth because of their stability and durability. At Gentle Dental, our dentists will work with you to help you determine the option that fits your needs!

Are Dental Implants Right for Me? 

There is a list of considerations to make when deciding to get dental implants. Some of the factors may come as a surprise. Ultimately, it would be best if you weighed the advantages and disadvantages with your dentist! Dental implants are ideal for patients who: 

  • Have missing teeth 
  • Have a strong enough jawbone 
  • Cannot or will not use dentures 
  • Have speech concerns 
  • Have strong gums 
  • Have a fully grown jawbone 
  • Have healthy bones 
  • Do not smoke 

When you have determined that you genuinely want and are eligible for dental implants, the next step is to find a trustworthy dentist to complete the procedure. If you’re located in the Southern Maine region, look no further than Gentle Dental in South Portland, Biddeford, and Topsham!

Contact Gentle Dental Maine!

If you have any questions about dental implants or are looking into restorative dentistry solutions, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Gentle Dental Maine! We provide general, cosmetic, restorative, and emergency dentistry services at each of our offices in South Portland, Biddeford, and Topsham. Give us a call at any one of our offices, or if you’re not yet a patient with us, please fill out the new patient form on our website! We look forward to hearing from you!