From gum disease to extensive cavities, I will always try to save your teeth. When an extraction is necessary, you will be faced with a big decision: Should you restore your smile with a dental prosthetic. From my perspective, the answer should always be yes. There is one particular tooth replacement option that will not only make your smile look great, but it will keep your remaining teeth healthy, preventing further tooth loss. What is it?
Dental implants are small screw-like posts that are surgically implanted below your gum-line. As they heal, they fuse with your jaw and function just like a natural, healthy tooth root. A natural-looking prosthetic tooth (which will be customized to match your smile) will then be placed on the implant, offering stability that cannot be matched by any other tooth replacement option.
Why Patients Love Them
The obvious reason patients love dental implants is because they restore the natural beauty of their smiles. The benefits don’t stop there, though. They also:
- Allow you to eat what you want. Because they are permanent, they are stable enough to handle raw fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and even the chewiest beef jerky.
- Are easy to clean. Implants are individually placed, so you can clean around and between them just as you would your natural teeth. Simply brush and floss as recommended.
- Make speech more clear. Gaps between teeth and other tooth replacement options can make speaking clearly difficult. Implants restore your ability to pronounce words properly.
- Restore your self-confidence. When you love the way your teeth look, you’ll no longer feel the need to cover your mouth when you laugh or keep your mouth closed when you smile.
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Why I Love Them
As if the aforementioned benefits weren’t enough, the main reason I recommend implants to my patients is because they can actually prevent further tooth loss. In the absence of tooth roots, your remaining teeth tend to migrate. This changes your bite, causing the following problems:
- Misaligned teeth that alter your ability to chew and speak properly
- Jaw misalignment that can cause headaches, earaches, and jaw disorders
- Crowded teeth that become difficult to clean between, increasing your chance of losing additional teeth
While improved aesthetics may be the first reason people opt for implants, the other benefits seal the deal. If you’re facing tooth loss or have been missing a tooth for some time now, let’s do something about it! Contact my office to schedule an appointment.