When you have one or more missing or damaged teeth, you likely feel self-conscious and embarrassed about your appearance. It may even be difficult to chew and speak. There is a solution that can eliminate any concerns you have about your smile or the functionality of your teeth: dental implants. Secure, permanent, and natural-looking, dental implants are the permanent solution to missing teeth.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant consists of two parts – the implant itself, which serves as the root replacement for your missing tooth, and the artificial tooth that is attached to the implant. The new tooth is customized so that it looks like your other teeth in form and color, and matches the rest of your smile so that it blends in for a natural-looking appearance.
What Is the Dental Implant Procedure?
The dental implant procedure begins with the insertion of a metal anchor into your jawbone. It may be necessary to place a bone graft to help fuse the anchor with your jaw. The implant’s placement in your jaw bone gives it immense strength and durability. Once a permanent bond has formed – and this may take several weeks – an artificial tooth or crown is secured to the metal post.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Age is not a factor when it comes to dental implant surgery – this restorative dentistry treatment is appropriate for young people and adults of an advanced age. What is essential, however, is that you have a strong and healthy foundation for the dental implants before any surgery can take place. This means that your mouth and jawbones must be free of gum disease or other major oral health problems.
Even wearers of partial or full dentures can take advantage of dental implants, which can be used to support and secure dentures. One or more posts are placed into either side of your upper or lower jawbone and, instead of attaching a single artificial tooth to the implant, the denture or partial plate is fitted – and that means no more dentures slipping and sliding around your mouth. The implants and dentures work in tandem to allow you to eat the same foods you once ate with your original teeth, with no worries about what might happen to your artificial teeth in the process.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Once in place, the dental implants are typically accepted by the body without any rejection. The post that is implanted in your jaw acts as the new man-made tooth root and replaces the missing tooth’s root. This act stimulates your bone and tissue so they can maintain their strength and shape. Because of this seamless transition, you will have a smile that not only looks completely natural but feels natural too. You won’t even know the dental implants are there – other than the fact that you’ll no longer have a hole in your smile.
Dental implants can replace any tooth permanently and they look and function just like original teeth. Dental implants allow you to eat and enjoy all the foods you love without restrictions. You will clean your teeth normally – brushing twice a day and flossing once a day – and keep up with regular visits to your dentist for professional cleanings to maintain good oral health. Otherwise, dental implants require no special maintenance.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
When you want to be confident about your smile and trust that it’s secure, dental implants are the answer. The advantages of choosing this restorative dentistry solution are many:
Greater confidence. Your smile is one of your most important features. When you’re not proud of your teeth, smiling doesn’t happen very often and, if it does, it may come out like a grimace. You don’t have to hide behind your hand because of missing teeth. Dental implants give you the ability to talk, sing, or eat with confidence.
Better speech. Missing teeth will affect your pattern of speech. And dentures that don’t fit well can slip within your mouth and cause mumbling or slurring. The stability of dental implants means your ability to articulate will improve and you will have no difficulty expressing yourself in professional or social situations when you’re speaking with a strong, proud smile.
Improved functionality. Clearly, when teeth are missing, your mouth’s functionality is compromised. Trying to correct this problem with dentures can work, but dentures often have drawbacks such as poor fit, discomfort, and unreliable adhesives. Dental implants allow the wearer to chew food more thoroughly which also leads to better digestion.
Revitalized appearance. When you’re missing teeth, your jaw is not properly supported and this can cause your face to sag or look hollow – this side effect can age you far beyond your years. Dental implants replace the holes in your smile and can rejuvenate your appearance by enhancing facial tissues and eliminating any sunken areas.
Stronger teeth. If you are already missing teeth, you’re at risk for losing more teeth, whether the first missing tooth came about because of an accident, age, or poor oral care. Dental implants prevent the rest of your smile from shifting by creating a secure foundation that will help prevent other natural teeth from loosening.
Better health. Your oral health will improve tremendously with dental implants because you’ll be able to better maintain good oral hygiene, and that means a lowered risk of cavities or gum disease. Your overall health and well-being will also improve because, without worries about missing teeth or risky dentures sabotaging your chewing abilities, you now have the capability to eat all the foods that should be included in a balanced diet – whether they’re crunchy or chewy.
Dental implants are a natural-looking way to restore your smile and, with good care, dental implants can last a lifetime. You have more options than just dentures. Learn more about dental implants from Dr. Shaista Najmi in Jacksonville, Florida.
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