Dental Implants for Renewed Self-Confidence and Peace of Mind Posted on February 5, 2014 by trinhdm in Dental Implants Adults suffering from the loss of one or more of their permanent teeth are faced with multiple issues … their ability to eat the foods they love may be lost; speaking can become a challenge; and self-confidence can be threatened by the sudden change in appearance. However, there is a dental procedure that has the ability to restore teeth, and that is with dental implants. Trauma, dental decay, or infection can claim teeth at any age. Your dentist can make recommendations for many forms of treatment. But if you wish to return to the closest appearance, function, and feel of your biological teeth, dental implants provide that option. A dental implant is a very small device made from titanium. This type of metal has many advantages in that it acclimates to the jaw without the problem of rejection that many foreign objects incur when surgically placed in the body. And bone will grow to the titanium forming a bond to provide support for the restoration that will eventually cover it acting much like the roots of a natural tooth. Dental implants are suitable to replace one, several, or all teeth. Once the implants have been placed, a period of healing follows for approximately four to six months. It is during this time that the bone and implant fuse. It is critical that the patient keep the implant areas clean by following the specific instructions issued by the dentist. If infection occurs, the implant process is jeopardized. The patient will be asked to discontinue tobacco use as smoking is another leading factor for implant failure. Once the healing process has been completed, the dentist will complete treatment by permanently attaching the restoration. This has been fabricated to match neighboring teeth in size, shape, and color. The finished product restores function and aesthetics that rivals natural teeth. The ability to eat, speak, and smile with renewed self-confidence has been restored. Caring for your new smile is the same as you have always cared for your biological teeth. Daily brushing, daily flossing, and visits to see the dentist twice per year will help maintain your new dental makeover. Keeping our natural teeth for a lifetime is ideal. But when tooth loss occurs, dental implants provide an option that restores dental function, renewed self-confidence and total peace of mind.