Whether you are missing one or many teeth, you know that many factors of your life are affected. Your look, self-esteem, ability to chew and ability to speak are just a few of these. You are embarrassed to smile or eat a meal at a restaurant, not to mention you may have a lisp or other noticeable speech impediment. Besides all of these troublesome factors, if left untreated other teeth can move into the open areas and cause poor alignment which will eventually lead to poor wear and headaches. Thanks to modern dentistry, there is hope.
Dental Implants can replace missing teeth and rid you of the hassle of dental furniture, which include bridges and partial dentures that have to be taken out, soaked in an Efferdent-filled jar, and inserted again. With dental implants, your teeth won’t have to sit on your nightstand any longer. Implants can also replace full dentures and stabilize existing ones.
Dental implants replace the root and missing or damaged tooth. A small titanium post is implanted into the jawbone. Titanium is used because it has been shown to be accepted, and not rejected, by the body system. Porcelain crowns are then affixed to the top of the titanium posts. The crown looks and feels like a natural tooth.
Titanium posts are surgically inserted into the bone under the gums. Recovery is fairly quick and many people are able to return to their normal activities within one day. In time, the bone attach’s to the implant, which makes the crown even more stable.
Most people in decent health are good candidates for dental implant surgery. Even those with diabetes or high blood pressure can benefit from implant surgery. Smoking has been shown to lead to failure of the surgery, as well as poor dental and oral hygiene.
If you have a bridge, partial dentures or full dentures, these can be replaced with dental implants. If you dentures are loose, implanted dentures can help restore much of your chewing ability.
There are no special provisions or hassles associated with hygiene and care for your dental implants. Dental implants don’t require any special care other than daily brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings; just your regular dental care routine.
If you are one of many Americans that are missing one or more teeth, contact a dentist or dental surgeon. Look into dental implants and restore the comfort, feel, and convenience of natural teeth.