If you have lost a tooth through damage or decay, you will probably be feeling the impact of it being missing. It could be affecting the way in which you speak or eat, or it could be causing you to feel self-conscious or even embarrassed about the appearance of your teeth. Dental implants are one of the newest and most effective ways of replacing missing teeth. Their unique design comprises of a titanium post which is surgically placed into the jawbone to replicate the root of the missing tooth, along with a custom-designed crown which is the part of the tooth that people will see when you talk, smile and more.
Dental implants are a particularly popular method of tooth replacement thanks to the many different benefits associated with their use. So, what makes them better than the alternative tooth loss solutions? Here’s what you need to know about the benefits of dental implants.
When you have a tooth replaced in your smile, you want it to look as natural as possible. Thankfully, a dental implant does just this. With no visible attachments thanks to it being secured on titanium posts that are buried in the jaw bone, dental implants look just like natural teeth. The crown that stops the post is custom-designed specifically for each patient in the size, shape, and color needed to blend with your other teeth, making it impossible to spot the artificial imposter in your smile.
Dental implants have the unique ability to provide the same strength and function of natural teeth too. Since they are secured directly to the jawbone, they can’t come loose or slip or move around. This means that patients can continue to eat the foods that they enjoy without worrying about compromising the stability of their teeth.
Dental implants can’t be removed. However, what this means is that you can and should clean your teeth normally, brushing twice each day and flossing once. Unlike other solutions, such as dentures, this makes it easy to maintain the health of your natural teeth and as a result, retain them for longer.
When you lose a natural tooth, over time, the bone in the jaw where the missing tooth once was will begin to deteriorate. This is a result of there no longer being an active root to stimulate it to remain strong and healthy. Unfortunately, this bone deterioration can cause the facial structure to change too, collapsing around the lower half of the face, causing it to appear shrunken and often making us look older than we really are. Dental implants act in the same way as the original root, stimulating the bone so that it remains healthy and strong.
Since dental implants both look and feel like regular teeth, they are virtually impossible to tell apart from those in a natural smile. As such, choosing dental implants can help to restore not only the function of your teeth but also your confidence in their appearance, giving you a smile that you are happy to share with the world.
The dental implant technique isn’t only for single missing teeth. It can also be effectively used to replace multiple or even entire arches of missing teeth which will be placed onto a number of different implant posts, depending on how many are to be restored. These are known as implant-supported bridges or dentures.
Dental implants aren’t the cheapest option to restore missing teeth. However, they do represent the greatest investment since, with proper care at home and regular visits to your dentist, they could last upwards of 20 years.
If you would like to find out more about the benefits of dental implants, please speak to our experienced dental team. Contact us today at (315) 736-0139.