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If you have one tooth or even several that are missing, you may be considering your options for replacing them. While removable prosthetics and dentures are always an option, you also have another choice – dental implants.

Dental implants are a permanent solution for those missing teeth, making sure you never have to worry about dealing with dentures and other removable options. If your dentist has told you that you have healthy gums and jawbones, dental implants are a great option for your replacement teeth. At Drs. Galligan and Villa Dental Studio, one of our dentists will evaluate your smile to see if dental implants are right for you. 

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are available in two options: subperiosteal or endosteal implants. Both implant dentistry options require two steps and provide natural-looking replacement teeth that will look identical to your natural ones.

Endosteal Implants

This type of dental implant is the most common option. Endosteal implants require you to have a titanium screw or stud implanted into your jawbone where the root of your missing tooth would be. Once implanted, the screw will become the base for a prosthetic tooth that will be custom made based on your existing teeth.

You may need to wear a bridge over your implants while you wait for them to heal. After healing is complete, your prosthetic will be fitted, and your new, permanent replacement tooth will be in place.

Why Choose Dental Implants?

Many patients ask their dentists for dental implants due to the permanent nature of the device. Once your implant is placed, all of your teeth will appear natural and healthy, and you will be able to eat all the foods you love, without worrying about damage.

While dentures and bridges are also good replacement options for missing teeth, many wearers become self-conscious about them, or worry that they simply don’t look natural. Additionally, they must be removed for proper cleaning and hygiene, which some may become embarrassed about doing. When you choose dental implants, your teeth are secure, look just like your real teeth, and they remain in place, even when laughing or chewing sticky foods.

Many who choose implant dentistry have considerably more confidence after having the procedure, and enjoy the fact that their new smile is permanent and designed to give them a beautiful smile of which they can be proud.

If you are ready to see if dental implants are right for you, contact Drs. Galligan & Villa Dental Studio today to schedule an appointment for a consultation for your new smile.