Dental implants are an effective way to replace a missing tooth or teeth that mar your smile and impair your ability to chew and speak. Anand Shah, DMD, of Celebrity Smiles in West Melbourne, Florida, provides long-lasting dental implants for missing teeth in men and women. Implants are the most effective, durable, and natural-looking way to replace gaps in your smile. Call today for an appointment and to learn if you’re a candidate.

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What are dental implants?

Dental implants are the next best thing to having natural teeth. If you’ve lost a tooth or teeth due to decay, injury, or disease, an implant is a great option to consider.

A dental implant is a metal post inserted into your jawbone just beneath your gums, where your natural tooth originally resided. This post serves as the new “root” for a prosthetic tooth. Once this post has fused into the jawbone and the surrounding soft tissue heals, you receive the crown that sits on the metal post that looks just like a natural tooth.

How effective are dental implants?

Research shows that implants have a 95% success rate over seven years. Dental implant posts are made from titanium, an inert metal your body won’t reject. They are designed to match the anatomy of your tooth’s natural root, so they mimic the look and feel of a natural tooth.

Dr. Shah uses implants for a variety of treatments, including crowns, bridges, and dentures.

What should I expect with a dental implant procedure?

While the implant is being inserted, you can expect to feel less vibration than you would with a routine cavity preparation for a filling.

Implants may be placed immediately after your tooth is removed, or it might be delayed four to six months if your mouth needs time to heal.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Beyond performing and feeling like your natural teeth, dental implants offer the following very real benefits:

  • Permanence
  • Retention of your natural face shape and smile
  • Better ability to chew
  • Prevention of decay in surrounding teeth

Unlike traditional dentures, implants won’t slip. You don’t have to worry about awkward smiles or slurred speech.

Who is a candidate for an implant?

Any adult with a missing tooth is a potential candidate for a dental implant. You do need healthy gums as well as an adequate jawbone to receive a dental implant.

Some men and women require a bone graft — a minor surgical procedure that adds bone to your jawbone — prior to the implant procedure, to ensure there’s enough bone to secure the implants in your mouth.

If you’re missing teeth, implants may be your ticket to a complete and healthy smile. Book your consultation today at Celebrity Smiles by calling the office.