Dental Implants: Make Your Smile Beautiful

by Dr. Diane Hourigan

On the one hand, dentists exist to make sure their patients have healthy teeth free of cavities. Keeping teeth in good working order and free from infection is, in a lot of ways, Dr. Diane Hourigan’s primary concern. However, there is another aspect of dentistry that can be every bit as satisfying and, frankly, every bit as important to patients: how teeth look.

Dental implants are one option Dr. Diane Hourigan has for making sure patients not only have a healthy, functional bite, but also an aesthetically-pleasing smile. They are, in many cases, one of the best options for people in search of a more beautiful smile.

What Are Dental Implants?

These days, dental implant repair is considered the standard of care for prosthetic replacement of missing teeth. Unlike dentures, dental implants require surgery that sets the implants into the jawbone, helping them act nearly identical to real teeth. The post that is surgically installed acts the same as a root does, holding the artificial tooth in place, while the artificial tooth is built to fit the size, shape, and color of the teeth surrounding it. For all intents and purposes, a dental implant will look and behave like a normal tooth. Most people won’t even be able to tell that it isn’t, in fact, real.

Who Would Need Dental Implants?

Theoretically, a patient could have a mouthful of dental implants, but most often Dr. Hourigan works with patients who are missing one or just a few teeth. Anybody with a gap in their smile of any size can enjoy the benefits of this surgery, which improves the function and aesthetics of a smile.

Dental implants obviously are not the only option for people with missing teeth. Dentures and fixed dental bridges also are common procedures, but certain factors might make implants more preferential for certain types of patients. The quantity and quality of jawbone available where the implant would be installed is one consideration, as is the location of the missing tooth or teeth. Also, invasive surgery of any sort typically is only recommended for patients in good standing health, and cost always is a consideration.

The bottom line is that people in search of a permanent, durable solution to replacing missing teeth will not find a better option than dental implants.

What is the Process for Dental Implants?

After an initial consultation with Dr. Hourigan, she will begin the process of determining next steps. Once the mouth is prepared for the implant, a post is installed into the jawbone, and patients are given a temporary denture during the healing process. When the post has solidified in place, an abutment is connected to the dental screw, and a crown is cemented or screwed to that abutment.

Schedule an Appointment

Once the process is complete, patients can enjoy a prosthetic tooth or teeth that look and act like the real thing. If you would like more information about dental implants, give our office a call and set up a consultation with Dr. Hourigan. She will happily set you on the right course toward having a smile you love.