The Cost-Effective Way To Replace Missing Teeth
Replacing missing teeth with dental implants offers you the chance to live your life as if you had never suffered from missing teeth. A dental implant is a permanent option for tooth loss that replaces the whole tooth, from root to crown.
When your dental implant treatment is complete, chewing and speaking are restored. The negative emotions that come with missing teeth can subside. Implants can transform your smile’s look, overall health, feel, and function.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are biocompatible titanium rods surgically inserted into the sockets left by missing teeth. These artificial tooth roots are accepted by the body and provide a permanent base for replacement teeth. Click here to learn more.
Dental implants are by far the best long-term solution for missing teeth or people with chronic dental problems. Dental implants have very high success rates and are the new standard in tooth replacement because they fit and function like natural teeth.
Each implant features:
- The implant: A post used as the artificial root for your new teeth.
- The abutment: The connector between the tooth and the implant.
- The crown: The artificial tooth.
During the implant’s surgical placement, an incision is made in the gums to place the new tooth root into the jawbone in the missing tooth’s location. Once implanted, the gums are closed over the implant.
The jaw bone integrates with the roots in a process called osseointegration. Your bone grows around the post, making it a very durable base to anchor your new teeth. Osseointegration can take anywhere from two to six months. You may ask for a temporary crown to be attached until the restoration process is complete.
Once the implants have completed fusing with the jawbone, an abutment attaches to the implant post. At the same time, the crown fits on the other end.
Once in place, your brand new teeth should instantly feel comfortable and totally natural. The implant process can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or a complete upper and lower new teeth set.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Patients who wear dentures and constantly deal with slipping or loose appliances often turn to dental implants as a lasting solution. Dental implants require no adhesives, suction, clasps, or crowned support teeth to stay in place.
They improve the quality of life through rejuvenated oral function and appearance. Dental implants also stop the bone loss that would otherwise deteriorate. Read more here.
The most apparent benefit of implants is the ability for greater enjoyment of life. Anyone missing teeth sacrifice confidence and the ability to smile and laugh without covering their mouth in shame. But benefits go beyond this:
- Prevents bone loss: When teeth are missing, bone loss in the jaw occurs. The bone needs constant stimulation from teeth. Dental Implants provide this stimulation to prevent further bone loss.
- Improved appearance and face structure: When there is tooth loss, there is also loss of bone support to your facial structure. Without this support, your face eventually changes shape, making you appear older. Dental implants provide the same support as your natural teeth.
- Improved speech: Dentures that slip and slide in the mouth can impact your speech, causing embarrassing slurring and mumbling—no more slippage with dental implants.
- Restores bite for easier eating: Implants are anchored into your jaw and allow you to bite with the same amount of force as your natural teeth. You can enjoy all the foods you love.
- Easy care & convenience: Implants don’t require adhesives, suctions, cleaning tablets, or difficult flossers. Just brush as usual!
- Improved oral health: Dental implants can’t get cavities. They also don’t require attachment to other teeth, as a dental bridge does. The surrounding teeth are left intact, improving oral health all around.
- Durability: Other tooth replacement options need repairs from time to time or replaced periodically. Dental implants are durably designed to last. With proper care, they can last many years. Some implants can last a lifetime.
Where can I get Dental Implants?
John M. Purdy, DDS, and his teams at both McRae Blvd and Mesa Street, want to help you with all your dental needs. We are happy to evaluate your oral hygiene and answer any questions you might have about the dental implant surgery process.
There are many factors to consider when determining whether or not an implant treatment plan is the best option for you. So give us a call to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you and assisting you in all your oral health goals.