If you have missing teeth, you may have heard about dental implants as an option for replacing them. But do you know how significantly better of an option dental implants are for most patients? Instead of simply being a replacement for no teeth, like dentures, dental implants can permanently transform your smile because they mimic the beauty and function of healthy natural teeth. The best news is that most patients qualify for dental implants or can become candidates after select preparatory treatments like bone grafting!
Dental implants are titanium posts surgically inserted into your jawbone that look and function like tooth roots. These posts will integrate with your natural bone, creating a secure base onto which your dentist can attach a dental crown, bridge, or full arch of teeth. Dental implants can transform your smile—and life—in three specific ways:
Dental implants restore function.
Unlike dentures, which can easily slip and aren’t stable enough to bite and chew most foods, dental implants provide a secure bite and enough strength to let you eat almost any type of food! Dental implants won’t become loose or fall out and have the potential to last the rest of your life without needing replacement or becoming decayed. (*Dental implants must be placed by a skilled surgeon and properly cared for to ensure long-term success.)
Dental implants enhance aesthetics.
Dental implants make it possible to have a completely natural-looking smile once again. The crowns, bridges, or full arch prosthesis attached to these fixtures are made from materials that imitate the natural color and translucency of teeth. An outcome of dental implant treatment from an experienced implant dentist is a smile that doesn’t look fake—but has the breathtaking beauty characterized by white, straight natural teeth.
Dental implants improve health.
With the ability to eat a wider range of foods, you can boost your immune system and overall health, keeping you safe from dangerous viruses and diseases. Similarly, dental implants provide the stimulation to your jawbone necessary to keep it healthy and strong. Replacing teeth with dental implants means restoring natural facial aesthetics that may have become altered without any support. Dental implants, by providing a functional, healthy, and attractive smile, can restore your confidence and emotional wellbeing, too.
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