If you have one missing tooth or more, then you know the difficulties of the situation. Activities that you used to take for granted suddenly become difficult. Perhaps you are unable to eat some of your favorite healthy foods, such as fresh apples and carrots. Or maybe your speech has become compromised, and more than likely you and everyone else can see the difference in your smile. Fortunately, there is a lifelike solution. Dental implants from Dr. Thomas Neslund at Carlisle Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Carlisle, PA, restore a tooth from root to crown, making them the ideal choice for a healthy and natural-looking smile.
When you visit Dr. Neslund to consider dental implants, he and his staff will first examine and assess the health of your teeth, gums and bone tissue. If all of these prove to be healthy enough to support a dental implant, then you’ll be on your way to restoring your smile.
Dental Implants Step-by-Step
The first step in restoring your complete smile with a dental implant is a minor surgical procedure in which Dr. Neslund implants a titanium post in the bone beneath the open socket of your missing tooth. This posts mimics the role of a tooth’s root. As you heal from the surgery, the post and the surrounding bone go through a process called osseointegration, whereby the post and bone fuse together to create a firm foundation. This fusion between post and jaw bone also helps to prevent bone loss and maintain facial appearance.
After a few months, you’ll return to our office. Dr. Neslund will uncover the implant and attach an abutment that will initially hold a temporary crown and ultimately the permanent crown—your new tooth. With proper dental hygiene, including brushing, flossing and regular checkups, your dental implants should last a lifetime.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you would like to learn how dental implants can restore your smile, call the office of Carlisle Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Neslund. We serve patients in Carlisle, PA, as well as Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, Boiling Springs, Shippensburg and the surrounding communities.