Find out more about tooth implant surgery in Greenwood, SC
Whether you are missing a tooth, several teeth, or a tooth is badly damaged from decay or trauma, it’s likely that you feel uneasy about your smile. A gap in your teeth can affect your self-esteem and can hurt your relationship with others. Often, when adults are not confident in their smile, they hide it behind closed lips, their hand, or by not smiling as frequently as they would like.
If you’re dealing with a missing tooth, you may need to consider implant surgery. This treatment for missing teeth is a permanent answer to give you back the smile you used to have, or the one you’ve always wanted.
Dr. Christopher Griffin, of Greenwood, SC, works with patients to improve their smiles through preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry for twenty years. Dental implant surgery is a great option for patients who are interested in replacing a missing tooth. First, implants improve the appearance of your smile, furthermore, implants give your mouth the function you need to eat your favorite foods and speak clearly. When a tooth has been lost, the nearby teeth can move, turn, or become crooked.
The implant surgery involves several trips to your dentist over the course of several months, along with some waiting time as the bone heals and grows. First, Dr. Griffin will insert a small titanium root form implant into your jawbone. Once the implant has been placed, the jawbone grows and fuses to the implant. The growth and healing of the bone can take from several weeks to a few months. Once the bone has fused to support the implant, a crown will be placed. This crown is created uniquely for you to be an exact match in shade and shape to the rest of your teeth. All parts of the procedure are conducted under local anesthesia, and light sedation if you wish.
Once the crown is placed, caring for the implant is the same as caring for the rest of your teeth. It will be important to brush twice a day, floss at least once a day, and maintain a regular schedule of checkups to Dr. Griffin. You should be sure to avoid the same habits that can hurt your natural teeth. For example, smoking can discolor the implant, and biting or chewing on objects like pens, ice, hard pretzels, or using your teeth to open packages can cause the restoration to chip or break.
If you’re ready to improve your smile with a replacement tooth, call Dr. Griffin. He and his team of professionals will work with you to ensure that you get a smile you can’t wait to show off.