Close the Gaps In Your Smile

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
August 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Implants Replace Missing TeethPeople suffering from tooth loss also often suffer from self-esteem issues. Are you missing a tooth and want an aesthetically more attractive smile? If you need dental implants, speak with your Pittsburgh, PA, dentist, Dr. Gary Machiko, about dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are made up of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace your missing tooth root. Dental implants help stabilize, strengthen, and prevent weakening and shrinking of your jawbone. Dr. Machiko is dual degreed, both his dental degree and his mechanical engineering degree offering his patient's the advantage of precise measurement and placement of their dental implants. The next step involves sealing your gums and allowing 3 to 6 months for osseointegration, the process in which the titanium post fuses to the jawbone, to occur.

You will then need to come back to the dentist's office in Pittsburgh so that Dr. Machiko can re-open the area above the titanium post, insert a screw, place an abutment above the screw, and secure a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.

What are dental implant advantages?

Having a great smile isn't the only advantage dental implants provide:

  • A dental implant can restore one tooth, a few teeth or all of your teeth.
  • Unlike dentures, dental implants are fixed in place, so they don't fall out.
  • The dental implants can last a lifetime.
  • They can restore bite and chewing function.

How do you care for dental implants?

Like the rest of your teeth, make sure you brush your teeth and floss every day. You have to brush at least twice a day and, for at least two minutes each, and floss at least once before bedtime.

Also, a change in diet may benefit your dental health. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and avoiding sugary foods to prevent accumulation of plaque is good preventative dentistry. Make sure you drink plenty of water that will remove food debris and help avoid cavities.

Need a consultation?

Dental implants are a great investment that can last a lifetime. If you have more questions about dental implants, call Dr. Machiko in Pittsburgh, PA, at (724) 719-2866 Dr. Machiko is dual degreed in both dentistry and mechanical engineering, offering his patients the advantage of precise measurement and placement of their dental implants.