Need a laugh? Who doesn’t these days? Perhaps you don’t think of a visit to the dentist as being the place for humor, but why not? Using state of the art technology, a skilled dental team like ours believes in sharing a few of those smiles we’re proud to help maintain.
Dental Implants are Something to Smile About
Before we share some of our favorite jokes, let’s take a look at dental implants. After all, these days, dental implants really give patients something to smile about.
Just like your own natural teeth, dental implants are durable and long-lasting. Considered permanent with good oral hygiene, they’re fused to your jawbone, replacing the tooth root and the external tooth, strengthening your jawbone and the surrounding bone.
What are Implants?
While there are many different types of implants and uses for them, every implant type has three parts: an artificial tooth root which acts as a base for the artificial replacement tooth; a metal frame that is attached to the root holding an artificial tooth; and the tooth itself, filling in any gap or gaps between teeth.
Implants support your jawbone health as well as your other teeth. They don’t require any special care, cleaning, or maintenance. In fact, you’ll treat an implant just like your natural teeth. Unlike dentures, you can eat anything you want with implants in place; and their placement can also improve the clarity of your speech.
So how do you care for implants? It’s simple. Practice good oral hygiene, just as you should for your own natural teeth.
- Brush and floss twice a day
- Schedule regular check-ups and cleanings with your dental team
Different Implant Types
There are several different types of implants.
- Single Tooth Dental Implants
The most typical type of implant, a single tooth dental implant functions just like your natural teeth and looks like one, too. The implant or metal post is inserted in your jawbone, the abutment is added, and the crown that the abustment anchors is placed. A single implant causes absolutely no damage to other teeth.
- Implant Supported Bridges
Three or more missing, adjacent teeth? An implant supported bridge can be utilized, replacing the two missing outer teeth with a porcelain bridge spanning the gap between them.
- Implant Supported Dentures
Instead of removable, traditional dentures that require special adhesive and restrict what you eat, implant supported dentures can be used. Implant supported partial dentures require two dental implants for support; a full dental arch necessitates the use of a minimum of four. The dentures themselves may be permanently placed or removable, snap-on dentures.
- All-on-4 Implants
If you’re missing all your teeth on an upper or lower arch, all-on-four implants can be used as anchors to support a full replacement arch with only four implants necessary.
Ready to Share a Smile or Two?
Now that you know a little bit more about dental implants, here’s our top five dental jokes - share them any time. Afterall, with implants as an option to replace missing teeth, there’s plenty to smile - and laugh about!
My dentist seems distracted.
I think he was brushing me off.
What does the dentist of the year get?
A little plaque.
I just found out that my friend had an implant.
How did you find out?
It came out in conversation!
What did the lawyer want from his dentist?
He wanted a retainer.
What does a dentist call an X-ray?
A tooth pic!
Ready to Learn More about Implants?
We hope we brightened your day with a little bit of humor - and knowledge about implants. Both attractive and permanent, whatever type of dental implant you may need, implants are a terrific and permanent replacement for missing or damaged teeth. Want to learn more? Reach out to us today!