Permanently Replace Missing Teeth with Durable Dental Implants

Before dental implants, patients with missing teeth had few permanent solutions for tooth loss. Now, dental implants can restore your smile for life when well cared for. Firmly secured in your jawbone, dental implants give you the stability and durability to chew, eat, and smile with confidence. 

Have you lost your teeth to injury, disease, or decay? Consider the gold standard of teeth replacement — dental implants — to replace what you’ve lost. Hindman Family Dentistry in Sioux City, Iowa, offers high-quality dental implants to provide you with a lifetime of a healthy, complete smile. 

What are dental implants?

Teeth replacements like bridges and dentures only replace your tooth’s visible part (crown). However, dental implants restore your entire tooth from the root to the crown. A dental implant uses a screw-shaped titanium rod to mimic a natural tooth root. Titanium fixtures aren’t just lightweight — they have a unique ability to fuse or osseointegrate with the jawbone to form a permanent, solid foundation for replacement teeth.

Above an implant, we install an abutment that links the implant to the restoration. The final component of the dental implant is a crown, but you may need a bridge or denture if you have lost multiple teeth. 

The dental implant placement process

The first step is a comprehensive exam to determine your suitability for dental implants. Generally, your jawbone should have the volume and density to support an implant. If not, we’ll recommend bone grafting to rebuild your lost bone tissue. 

Sometimes, you may want to replace a severely decayed or damaged tooth. No worries. When dental extractions are necessary, our team offers gentle treatment to create space for a dental implant.

Once your mouth is prepped for dental implants, the other steps include the following.

  • Numbing your gums to minimize discomfort.
  • Surgically inserting a titanium screw at a precise location in your jawbone.
  • Suturing your surgical site to kick-start healing.
  • Leaving your implant for 4-6 months for recovery and osseointegration to occur.
  • Abutment placement.
  • Restoring your implant with a natural-looking crown.

Dental implants need several months to complete, but you rarely remember the passage of time because you get something close to your natural teeth. Dental implants mimic your real teeth in almost every way, including looks, function, and feel.

Benefits of dental implants

Since dental implants emerged as a viable choice for replacing teeth, many patients aren’t willing to settle for inferior restorations. Patients and dentists alike love dental implants because they offer numerous benefits like:

  • Low maintenance
  • Longevity
  • Ability to preserve the jawbone
  • Natural look and feel
  • Renewed self-confidence
  • Restored oral function
  • Versatility to replace one, several, or all teeth anywhere in the mouth
  • Restore your oral health

Dental implants are reliable and real-looking teeth replacements — don’t settle for less. Ready to replace your missing teeth with dental implants in Sioux City, IA? Please call (712) 274-2228 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joshua Hindman and the team.