Dental implants offer a long-term permanent solution to adult tooth loss. They are a fantastic alternative to bridges and dentures. Missing teeth have multiple lasting effects including dietary alterations, decreased chewing ability, aesthetic impacts and more. Dental implants are the healthiest restorative option because they address the entire tooth as opposed to their counterparts. Tooth loss is usually not a choice, but replacement is.
What are Dental Implants
Dental implants are basically prosthetic teeth. An oral surgeon first places a titanium post in the jaw to act as the root of the tooth. As the area heals, the jaw bone fuses to the post in a process called osseointegration making it a permanent structure in the oral cavity. During this time a dental crown is fabricated to closely match neighboring teeth. At a subsequent visit it will be cemented onto the titanium post as a permanent tooth replacement.
Why Implants Are a Better Option
Dental implants offer many advantages over their temporary counterparts. If cared for properly, they can last a lifetime. They closely mimic natural teeth in both form and function, often restoring both speech and more youthful appearance. There are no dietary restrictions with dental implants and patients can resume normal activities once they have been placed. Dental implants are also discreet because they look just like natural teeth.
Health Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants also offer many health benefits. First, they slow or stop the slow disintegration of the jaw bone associated with missing teeth because they restore circulation to the area. They also fill the gap in the oral cavity preventing other teeth from drifting into the space where the tooth is missing. In addition, the placement of dental implants does not disturb neighboring teeth. Dental implants can be placed anywhere dentition are missing, offering the flexibility to fully restore a person’s speech and enhance their smile.
Missing teeth should always be replaced. If you are dealing with tooth loss and would like to explore the option of dental implants, make an appointment with our office today. Our experienced staff is always happy to answer your questions and help you achieve a beautiful healthy smile so contact the office of Dr. Peak today!