The effects of missing teeth can be felt in more than just the obvious ways. Tooth loss can lead to decreased confidence, difficulty eating and speaking, and even jaw bone deterioration. With 1 in 4 adults losing teeth between the ages of 21 and 30, it is important to explore options for tooth replacement. Dental implants are a safe and effective solution that can improve the appearance and functionality of your smile.
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone to act as an artificial tooth root. Once the implant has fused with the jaw bone, a replacement crown is then attached to the post for a natural-looking and fully functional tooth. Dental implants can also be used to anchor a denture or dental bridge in place, so you can smile with confidence. Not only do dental implants improve your smile, but they also help to prevent jaw bone loss which can occur when teeth are missing. Dental implants are an excellent long-term solution for tooth loss and can restore the beauty of your smile.
Dental implants are a great tooth-replacement solution because they offer a variety of advantages. Here are a few examples:
● Creating a natural-looking smile: Dental implants are crafted to closely resemble natural teeth.
● Enhanced oral health: Since surrounding teeth are not altered to anchor implants, more of your natural teeth are preserved intact.
● Improved speech: Removable, non-anchored dentures can slip within the mouth, causing slurred or mumbled speech. There is no need to worry about that with dental implants.
● Improved comfort: Dental implants eliminate slipping and discomfort associated with removable dentures.
● Enhanced functionality: Dental implants allow you to eat without pain, just as your natural teeth do.
● Durability: Implants are stable, strong, and stain-resistant.
● Maintain a healthy bone structure: Empty spaces caused by tooth loss can deteriorate the jawbone over time. Like natural teeth, Dental Implants prevent this type of deterioration by functioning like tooth roots.
● Long-term solution: Dentures should be replaced about every 5-7 years. When properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Dental implants may be right for you if you are missing one or more teeth. In order to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants, we will consider your oral and overall health. Considerations include:
● Adequate bone support to anchor the implant
● Healthy gum tissue
● Sinus and nerve location
● Overall health, including any chronic illnesses
In some cases, we may recommend advanced treatment for your upper or lower jaw so that you can have the bone support you need for implantation. Every treatment plan is customized to meet your specific needs and goals.
Get in touch with our office today if you would like to learn more about dental implants or schedule a consultation. Our goal is to help you restore the health and beauty of your smile.