Missing teeth can make you uncomfortable about your smile and your overall appearance. Gaps in your smile can also cause your other teeth to move out of alignment, leading to long-term issues. With dental implants, you can restore your smile and protect the health of your other teeth without having to worry about your new teeth moving around in your mouth or eventually becoming uncomfortable.
Implants—the Best Tooth Replacement Option
Throughout history, people have developed different ways to replace missing teeth. Dentures have existed for many years and, surprisingly, so have tooth implants. Today’s dental implants, however, are backed by scientific knowledge and are made of the highest quality materials to ensure a natural look and reliable durability.
Unlike dentures, dental implants are anchored to your jawbone to ensure they remain stationary and help stimulate regeneration of your jaw. With implants, you won’t have to worry about your teeth falling out or moving out of position. You also won’t develop the “collapsed” look many older people have who have experienced extensive deterioration of the jawbone after losing their teeth. And unlike a crown and bridge replacement, the adjacent teeth won’t need to be reshaped to make room for crowns to hold your new tooth in place.
Are Implants Right for Me?
Most people who have lost one or more teeth can benefit from dental implants. However, you should consult with your dentist to be sure you are in good health and don’t have any issues or problems that could interfere with the healing process necessary for successful implants. Some issues your dentist might ask you about include:
- Your oral health
- Your overall health
- Systemic problems like diabetes
- Immune deficiency disorder
Your dentist will also evaluate the health of your jawbone to be sure there is enough bone to support your new implants. If there isn’t, you might require a bone graft before dental implants can be placed. Any gingivitis or gum disease should also be treated before implant surgery. Also be sure to tell your dentist if you are taking any medications for osteoporosis.
For more information on dental implants, contact the office of Dr. Dan Bush to schedule an appointment today.