No one wants to lose their teeth. Unfortunately, though, it happens. In fact, more than 120 million Americans have lost at least one tooth, according to the American College of Prosthodontists.
Losing your teeth doesn’t mean you should lose your smile, too! Our team at Shelby Dental Center is here to help you regain your smile at affordable prices. One way our experienced and professional team puts smiles together is through dental implants.
Dental Implants Available at Shelby Dental Center
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a screw that is placed into the bone. The screw integrates with the bone through a process called osseointegration. Once integration is established a dental prosthesis such a single crown, bridge, or denture can be attached. Utilizing a dental implant for a single tooth replacement is beneficial as opposed to having to compromise the two adjacent teeth with a bridge. Implants also prevent further bone loss in the area of the missing tooth which preserves facial structure.
Dental Implants can be very helpful when used in conjunction with dentures. Two implants can be placed in the lower jawbone, for example, and the lower denture snaps onto the implants. This can be life changing for the frustrated lower denture patient.
While it used to be our dental center was only able to refer patients to a specialist in order to have implants placed, Dr. Justin Zellmer, DMD, dentistry practitioner at Shelby Dental Center, is now able to place implants in-house, making the process convenient and more comfortable for patients.
There are a number of benefits that come with choosing dental implants, including but not limited to:
- Easy to maintain a bright, beautiful smile
- Fits into your natural teeth
- Offers a permanent solution to tooth loss
- Prevents bone loss and/or deterioration
- Provides a firm attachment for patients who have dentures
Application of Implants and How They Are Used
“The process takes approximately four to six months,” explains Dr. Zellmer. “During that time, a healing cap is placed over the implant so that the tissue around the implant has time to heal. Then, an abutment is screwed into the implant to support the crown after the healing cap is removed.”
Providing Quality Dental Care for More Than 30 Years
By offering dental implants in-house, Shelby Dental Center’s team hopes to add another level of comfort to patients, since they will not have to worry about going to another specialist for care. Rather, patients who need dental implants can stay here, where they are comfortable.
“Don’t let tooth loss take away your smile,” Dr. Zellmer says. “Our team is here to provide high-quality dental care in a comfortable and friendly environment.”