When you are missing a tooth (or a few of them), your smile isn’t working right anymore. You can have trouble chewing or even talking clearly. Then there’s the problem with how your smile looks. It can be hard to feel confident smiling when you know there’s a dark gap between your teeth. And until you do something about it, that gap isn’t going to get any better.
That’s why you need to call our South Bend, IN dental office today at 574-208-5668 and make an appointment for a dental implant. This restorative dentistry treatment replaces a missing tooth so your smile is complete once more. As a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Hurcomb is your South Bend dentist with advanced training in using dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a modern treatment that’s as close to regrowing a lost tooth as you can get. It has three parts:
- An artificial tooth root implanted in your jawbone by trusted, local oral surgeons that Dr. Hurcomb has been working with for years.
- A replacement tooth that looks natural but is very durable.
- An abutment that connects the replacement tooth to the artificial root. (This way, if you ever have to get another replacement tooth, the artificial root does not need to come out.)
In a dental implant procedure, oral surgeons will carefully and expertly place your implant in your jawbone. This mimics the roots that your natural teeth have, and it’s why a dental implant both lasts a long time and has incredible stability. Once the site is healed, you’ll come back to our South Bend dental office where Dr. Hurcomb will place the abutment and replacement tooth atop your implant.
Reasons You Can Get Dental Implants
Although dental implants are incredible pieces of restorative dentistry, some people think they cannot get them. Here are several reasons why you can.
Sedation dentistry can help with any dental anxiety
For some people, the idea of getting oral surgery to place the artificial root generates a lot of anxiety. While no one gets excited over the prospect of such surgery, having a lot of dental anxiety can make you convince yourself that a dental implant is not possible.
Thankfully, our South Bend dentist has a solution in sedation dentistry. Nitrous oxide and more can help induce a deeply relaxed feeling. This can get rid of your dental anxiety, allowing you to get the dental implant you need for a restored smile.
Bone grafts can help strengthen your jawbone receiving the implant
In order to safely get the implant, your jawbone needs to be healthy and strong. Sometimes, your jawbone can be a bit thin right where you need the implant placed. Other times, the bone tissue there deteriorates and grows weak. For some, this might prevent them from getting a dental implant.
In many cases, you can get a bone graft to work around that. Here, you’ll receive some healthy bone tissue grafted to where you need a dental implant. The local surgeons that Dr. Hurcomb works with can use a bone graft to make the site strong enough to safely hold the implant.
You can secure your dentures with dental implants
Dental implants are great at replacing a single lost tooth, but it would be impractical to replace dozens of teeth with them. That’s why Dr. Hurcomb is trained to offer dentures. If you have partial or full dentures, you might think dental implants are not an option for you.
That’s only partially true. You can keep your dentures but secure them with implanted roots. These will hold your dentures firmly in place so they won’t slide around or fall out unexpectedly. This also helps keep your jawbone strong and healthy.
Call us TODAY at 574-208-5668 or make an appointment online to schedule your next appointment for a dental implant. Once the artificial root is implanted in your jawbone and the site heals, our South Bend dentist will put the replacement tooth in just the right space. Your smile will look great again, and you’ll feel confident knowing you can chew and talk like normal.