The Gold Standard of Tooth Replacement Options
In a perfect world, we would all get to keep the teeth we were born with. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts with a toothbrush and floss, tooth loss is inevitable. When a patient is told that they’ll have to lose a tooth, their mind becomes flooded with “what ifs”: What if it changes my smile? What if people assume it’s my fault? What if I have to have more teeth extracted in order to wear dentures? The good news is that we offer a replacement option that will take care of all of those “what ifs.” What is it and are you a candidate?
Dental Implants: The Basics
Simply stated, implants take the place of a missing tooth root. They are surgically implanted beneath the gum line and, as they heal, become fused with your jaw. This is where the magic happens, as the implant provides a stable structure on which we attach an individual prosthetic tooth. Stability and individual tooth placement aren’t the only benefits that implants offer, either. Others include:
- A natural-looking smile. Your prosthetic tooth will be created to match the rest of your teeth; it will look so natural, no one will know it’s not the smile you were born with.
- The ability to eat whatever you want. Because implants are as stable as natural teeth, you can eat fresh veggies and fruits, tear into some beef jerky, and enjoy your favorite chewy treats.
- An easy-to-maintain oral health routine. Simply brush after each meal, floss daily, and visit your dentist as recommended. No need for overnight soaking!
- A permanent replacement option. Unlike some other prosthetic devices, you cannot remove your implants. When cared for properly, they will last for years and years.
- A huge boost in self-confidence. When you’re proud of your smile, you’re more likely to engage in social activities, speak without fear of being misunderstood, and laugh without worrying that you’re being judged.
Are You a Candidate?
Because they are individually placed, implants are ideal for people missing a single tooth or an entire mouthful of teeth. To be a candidate for dental implants, you must:
- Be in good general health
- Have healthy gums
- Have sufficient bone mass in your jaw
- Be committed to taking care of your smile
If you or someone you know is facing tooth loss, then we just might have the perfect solution. Contact our office soon to learn more. We can’t wait to help you have the smile you want and deserve.