Dental Implants: Restore Your Natural Smile
Posted on: Friday, July 20th, 2018
If you’ve lost a tooth or two—or even more—dental implants are the best way to restore your smile to its natural beauty. With implants, you can preserve not only the look of your smile, but also the health of your jawbone.
The Difference Dental Implants Make
Although dentures and other forms of tooth replacement, such as crown and bridge treatment, can give you a full, beautiful smile again, neither of these common options can prevent atrophy in your jawbone. This is because they lack an artificial root. Implants, by contrast, begin with an artificial root that is placed directly in the jawbone. This keeps the body from automatically reabsorbing the bone that makes up the socket where the original tooth once rested.
Implants are also permanent and stationary. You never have to worry about removing them or about them accidentally shifting or falling out. You’ll also have some versatility with implants, since in some cases, if you don’t have enough bone mass in your jaw to support traditional implants, you might still be eligible for an implant-anchored denture. This form of tooth replacement is a cross between implants and a traditional denture, offering advantages of both. When your denture is in your mouth, it is stationary and won’t fall out or move. The implants that hold it in place serve to keep your jawbone strong and healthy just as with a traditional implant.
Choosing Dental Implants
If you’re interested in implants, the first step is to determine if you are a good candidate. Some conditions can affect your ability to heal after the implant surgery, and so could make it difficult for your implant procedure to be successful. These conditions include:
- Gum disease
- Autoimmune disorders
- Osteoporosis, in some cases
You might also not be a good candidate for implants if you lack sufficient bone mass in your jaw. An initial consultation will help you determine if implants are a good choice for you, or if you require preliminary treatment such as bone grafts, a sinus lift, or treatment for gum disease before an implant procedure can be performed.
Contact our team today to learn more about dental implants!