Tooth loss causes turmoil. An incomplete smile can wreck our self-esteem, oral function, and disrupt our daily lives. Fortunately, there is a solution that is natural-looking and durable. Dental implants provide lifelike oral function and a renewed smile. If you have suffered with tooth loss, we encourage you to schedule a visit with our implant dentist to find out if dental implants are right for you.
What’s so special about dental implants?
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement system that can address the loss of a tooth’s root. All other tooth replacement options can only replace the visible structures of teeth. This means that prosthetic teeth like bridges and dentures can have limitations. To replace the roots of teeth, dental implants are embedded right into the jawbone. Eventually, bone will fuse to their structure to secure them in place for decades to come.
Once dental implants are stable, crowns, bridges, or dentures can be attached to them to complete the smile restoration process. Implants give these restorations and prosthetics a stable support system for optimal oral function. With implants, patients can enjoy a variety of foods with ease and comfort.
Are dental implants difficult to care for?
No, dental implants are surprisingly low maintenance when compared to other tooth replacement options. They can be flossed and brushed alongside biological teeth. They do not require messy adhesives to stay in place or overnight soaking. Some patients invest in water irrigators to keep the gingiva clean just under their bridges, crowns, or dentures.
It is very important to maintain great oral hygiene and keep regular appointments for checkups and cleanings. While a dental implant and its restorations/prosthetics cannot develop disease, the tissue that supports these replacement teeth can. Conditions like periodontal disease and bone loss can threaten the longevity and function of a dental implant. Preventing these conditions is important for maintaining healthy oral function.
If you have questions about your tooth replacement options, call Cowdin Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule a consultation with our implant dentist.