An incomplete smile damages more biting and chewing. It can harm your personal appearance and self-confidence. Want to keep your smile whole? Ask Eau Claire, WI, dentist, Dr. Christopher Poss, about dental implants, today's premium tooth replacement option.
The miracle of the dental implant
Dental implants replace missing teeth from roots to crown. Composed of a titanium implant screw, a metal alloy abutment and a realistic porcelain crown, the dental implant looks, feels and acts real. Plus, it improves the health and strength of your jaw bone as it actually resides in the empty tooth socket.
In fact, every time you exert pressure on your implant, you exercise your jaw bone, just as a natural tooth does. So, your underlying bone keeps its shape, and so do your facial features.
Receiving dental implants
Once you're qualified through a dental exam and X-rays, Dr. Poss will place your implant.
Once in your jaw, the titanium implant and bone bond through something called osseointegration. In just weeks, your implant will be ready for its crown. You'll return to Dr. Poss's Eau Claire office where he'll attach the post and crown, completing the dental implant procedure and your rejuvenated smile.
Caring for dental implants
Dental implants feature roughened surfaces which facilitate osseointegration. Thankfully, this bond is sure and strong; however, patients must take care to keep it that way by:
- Brushing with a soft toothbrush twice a day
- Flossing carefully daily with both strand floss and interproximal brushes
- Getting six-month cleanings and check-ups with Dr. Poss
- Wearing a custom bite guard to counter habitual teeth clenching or grinding
Also, a tobacco-free lifestyle benefits your systemic and oral health. Smoking can cause an infection called peri-implantitis. It resembles gum disease and can loosen implants and even necessitate removal.
Get that smile back
Dr. Christopher Poss offers preventive, restorative and cosmetic dental services tailored to your individual needs and preferences. If you've lost teeth to accident, gum disease, decay or other problem, don't worry. This experienced dentist can help. Call his office team in Eau Claire, WI, for a dental implant consultation. You'll be very glad you did.