Are Implants Right for You?
Are the gaps from missing teeth in your smile causing you embarrassment? Do you have difficulty eating some of your favorite foods because of missing teeth? Millions of Americans have one or more missing teeth and suffer from these very issues. If you are one of them, dental implants could be the solution you need. Read on to learn more.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post surgically placed into your jaw bone to serve as the “root” foundation for a restoration to be completed later. The post fuses to your bone to provide a stable base for your restoration. The part that is visible is a natural-looking crown that is attached to the post. When completed, your restoration will look, feel, and function so much like a “real” tooth that you may forget it is an implant!
Some Additional Reasons Implants Can Be a Good Choice
Implants are less invasive — When implants are used to fill in for individual missing teeth, we do not need to use adjacent teeth as abutments for a bridge, so it is not necessary to remove any tooth structure.
Bone structure is protected — Studies show the placement of implants can stimulate the tissue in the jaw bone and help prevent additional bone loss. In comparison, dentures that fit poorly or are worn too long have been shown to add to bone loss.
Implants are strong — You can bite into corn on the cob or chew steak again. No more choosing the “best side” for chewing.
We Can Answer Your Questions
Because each patient is different, implants are not always the answer. If you are ready to explore replacing one or more of your teeth with an implant, please contact our office to schedule an evaluation.