Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, making a healthy, beautiful smile invaluable, both personally and professionally. If you are tired of hiding your smile, there is no better time than now to replace those missing teeth, especially as missing teeth can affect how you look, chew and speak.
One of the best ways to boost your self-confidence is by replacing missing teeth with dental implants. These advanced tooth replacements look and feel like your natural teeth but do not decay, and can support a crown, bridges, or dentures. Dental implants are the most secure dental restoration as they are permanently anchored into your jaw.
If you are in good general and oral health, you may be a great candidate for a dental implant restoration! It’s important that you have sufficient jaw bone to support your implant, along with healthy gum tissues. This is because your dental implant is connected to the underlying bone in your mouth and your gum tissue, where osseointegration takes place as the dental implant fuses with bone and gums.
Common Dental Implant Misconceptions
Our experienced dentist, Dr. Anne Nicholas, has been successfully providing patients with dental implants in Palm Desert, California and the surrounding areas of the Coachella Valley for more than 25 years! If you have any reservations about considering dental implants to restore your missing teeth, here’s what you should know about dental implants.
My dental implants will be visible: Dental implants look like natural teeth, blending in seamlessly as Dr. Nicholas expertly blends in the shade of the dental implant tooth to match your surrounding teeth.
Dental implants out of my financial league: Dental implants improve the quality of the tooth being replaced and are healthy in your mouth while making chewing and speaking easy again. Implants are the most durable and long-lasting tooth replacement available. They are a valuable solution when investing in your oral health. Dr. Nicholas accepts INSURANCE.
Dental implants are hard to maintain: Dental implants don’t require extra care and maintenance. Any teeth that are replaced with dental implants are like your natural teeth — simply brush, floss and see your dentist regularly!
You have to be younger to get implants: There is no upper age limit for dental implants. Missing adult teeth should be replaced as soon as possible to maintain jawbone density and a normal facial structure, protecting your appearance, the tooth’s function and your self-confidence.
Dental implant surgery is painful: Dental implant surgery is not painful, thanks to sedation dentistry as you are resting comfortably under the effects of local anesthesia. Most of our patients have no memory of the procedure, how they got to the office and how they got home. The anxiety of having a surgical procedure is eliminated with sedation. You will also have minimal discomfort after the sedation wears off.
Healing takes a long time: It is necessary for the dental implant to bond with the jawbone and gum tissue. This typically takes from 3 to 6 months for the bonding and healing process to complete.
You can see why more and more dentists are referring their dental implants patients to Dr. Anne Nicholas and her team of specialists in Palm Desert, California. Dental implants can give you the perfect fit, look and feel as your original teeth do, and sometimes even better. Find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Anne Nicholas. Call 760-851-0314 today!