By Franklin Family Dentistry
July 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental ImplantsGaps in your smile aren't just a cosmetic issue. A single missing tooth makes eating more difficult, while the loss of multiple teeth may mean that you have to resort to a soft food diet. Luckily dental implants can restore your smile and make eating a much more pleasant experience. Franklin, KY, dentist Dr. J. David Fowler helps his patients replace missing teeth with guided dental implants, an innovative, long-term restoration option.

What are guided dental implants?

When combined with a dental crown, a dental implant replaces your entire missing tooth, not just the part you see when you smile. The implants themselves are tiny titanium screws that are placed in openings in your jaw made during minor oral surgery. The screws act as replacement roots and bond to your jawbone, enabling them to provide a stable base for your new dental crown.

If your Franklin dentist offers guided dental implants, he'll use a cone beam scanner to produce 3D images of your mouth that will show your gums, teeth, bones, and nerves. Your dentist can use the scans to print a 3D model of your mouth, plan your treatment and perform virtual implant surgery before the real procedure. Benefits of guided dental implants include smaller incisions, quicker healing, and less pain and bruising.

Are dental implants a good choice for me?

Dental implants offer a few benefits that make them worth considering if you're planning to replace missing teeth, such as:

  • Longevity: With proper care, your implants can last a lifetime.
  • Stronger Jaw: Implants reduce or prevent jawbone resorption, a condition in which the jawbone shrinks because it no longer receives constant stimulation from tooth roots.
  • Better Biting Power: When your replacement teeth are firmly rooted in your mouth, your biting power won't change. You can easily bite into hard or chewy foods.
  • Versatility: No matter how many teeth you've lost, guided dental implants are a good option. They can replace all of your teeth or just one. Implant-supported dentures offer improved comfort without a loss of biting power.

Dental implants are a good choice for many people. If you are in good health, don't smoke, don't have gum disease or other oral health problems, and have sufficient jawbone depth, implants offer an excellent way to restore lost teeth. In many cases, bone grafts can be used to build up your jawbone before your implant procedure if the bone is too shallow.

Close the gaps in your smile with dental implants! Call Franklin, KY, dentist Dr. Fowler at (270) 586-0606 to schedule your appointment.