Unfortunately, many people have missing teeth. They lose them for a variety of reasons, such as trauma, gum disease, or genetics. Losing teeth can affect your self-esteem and confidence. When missing teeth go unreplaced, they can affect your oral health and possibly your general health. The good news is there’s a replacement option that’s the next best thing to your natural tooth.
Basics About Dental Implants
Dental implants are the only replacement option surgically placed into the jaw bone. The implant is a threaded titanium post that serves as an artificial tooth root. A special connector called the abutment connects the implant to the crown. Eventually, the implant fuses with the bone. They can last a lifetime with proper care.
Dental Implant Advantages
Prevents Bone Loss — Over time, implants fuse to the bone and stimulate bone growth, which helps to stop bone loss.
Stabilizes Adjacent Teeth — When you lose a tooth, the other teeth gradually shift out of position and bone loss occurs if it’s not replaced. Replacing the tooth with an implant helps to stabilize the neighboring teeth.
Improves Appearance — Missing teeth can make people look older. Implants are made to look and function like your teeth, which restores the beauty of your smile.
More Comfort — Since implants fuse to the bone, you avoid the discomfort you might experience with bridges or dentures.
Eat With Ease — Implants perform like your natural teeth so you can chew adequately and eat the foods you love with no restrictions.
Heightened Self Esteem — When you feel good about the appearance of your teeth, it can improve the way you think about yourself.
Easy Maintenance — Take care of your implants the same as your natural teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once daily. Get regular exams and cleanings.
Dental implants have a variety of benefits and can be a life-changing option for people with missing or non-restorable teeth. To find out if implants are right for you, call my office to schedule a consultation.