• Dental Implants

  • What is a dental implant?

    In dentistry, an implant refers to the titanium post that is inserted into your jawbone which acts as your tooth’s root.  We use implants when a patient is missing a tooth and wishes to repair their smile while maintaining the most natural look they can for their smile.    An implant may be needed for any variety of reasons and our Yarmouth dentist at Cumberland Dental Arts is happy to discuss the pros and cons of dental implants as well as other procedures that will repair your smile.

    Who has dental implants?

    Generally speaking, anyone can get a dental implant.  Our Yarmouth dentist bases the decision on your current commitment to oral hygiene, health, and bone stability and strength.  If your bones or gums aren’t in the best shape to receive an implant, another procedure may be recommended. Dental implants are preferred over other dental procedures as they are known to last longer and implants look more like your natural teeth than other synthetic tooth replacements.  In addition to evaluating your health, we also consider:

    • Whether you are a smoker or not
    • If you have an existing health problem
    • Any radiation therapy you’ve undergone

    All of these factors help make up your medical history.  We look to these things to ensure your implant will hold and serve you well.

    Why should I get implants?

    Dental implants may be necessary for any number of reasons.  You may have had an illness or lost a tooth from an injury. Avoiding the dentist when you have a cavity can be another cause for an implant.  At Cumberland Dental Arts, we do all we can to save a tooth before exploring other options. Luckily implants are a great alternative. Our Yarmouth dentist likes implants for replacing one or more teeth due to the following:

    • Comfort – implants are individually placed rather than inserted as a whole unit of synthetic teeth.  This makes them feel more natural and increases the patient’s comfort experience.
    • Strength – Implants are very strong due to their titanium post.  When properly cared for, implants will last a lifetime.
    • Appearance – Implants look just like your own teeth, thus your smile isn’t compromised.
    • Hygiene – Normal brushing and flossing are possible with dental implants.  Thus, you don’t have to change your oral hygiene routine.

    Dental implants have so many great attributes.  You can eat and talk normally without fearing they will fall out, and the fit of an implant is more comfortable than other solutions.  Talk with our Yarmouth dentist and staff if you would like to learn more about dental implants.

    How do I care for my dental implants?

    Caring for a dental implant is no different than prescribing to the normal recommendation of oral hygiene set forth by the American Dental Association and followed by our Yarmouth dentist.  Brush your teeth twice each day, floss on a daily basis, and schedule bi-annual dental exams. If you are ready to schedule your exam or implant appointment, give us a call at (207) 829-5937.