Many factors can contribute to the loss of your teeth, including cavities, poor oral hygiene leading to gum and periodontal disease, bite problems, infection, fractured roots, and accidents. When teeth are lost, the bone that was around those teeth is no longer stimulated, and it eventually disintegrates, resulting in teeth shifting, and changes in esthetics of the face among other things.
Dental Implants are the ideal solutions to replace a single tooth or an entire smile. A dental implant is the closest thing to your real teeth. A dental implant is actually a replacement for the root or roots of a tooth. Like tooth roots, a dental implant is a small prosthetic titanium post that is placed in the jaw bone.
Dental implants are not visible once surgically placed. After several months of healing, new bone actually grows around the implant helping to secure it firmly. The dental implant post is then used to secure an artificial tooth (crown), bridgework or dentures by a variety of means.
Dentures anchored by dental implants can be life changing – allowing patients to eat a normal diet, and to chew food with confidence.
Dental implants are appropriate for almost anyone who is currently missing teeth or may require tooth replacement in the near future. Dental implants give back a patients’ confidence in their smile, the ability to eat comfortably, and a clean, healthy oral environment. Dental implants look and feel exactly like natural teeth: no one other than you and your dentist will be able to tell the difference.
Dental implants are the longest lasting solution to simply replace a missing tooth or to recreate an entirely new smile, even if you don’t have teeth! Dental implants are very strong and durable and will last for many years. Nevertheless, implants do require maintenance. It is important to practice good daily oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing. It is also important to see your dentist and dental hygienist on a regular basis. Special instruments are necessary to clean dental implants that will not damage their metal surface beneath the gum tissues. Your dentist will need to monitor your implants to make sure the bone around the implants is stable, and that the implant crowns, bridgework or dentures are functioning adequately.
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