Dental care has improved a great deal over the years, but patients do not always exercise good oral hygiene, so people are still subject to losing teeth, either due to tooth decay or periodontal disease. Even conscientious patients might lose a tooth through some kind of traumatic injury to the mouth, so it becomes necessary to replace the missing tooth in some way. In years past, the only viable options were to get dentures or bridges, but nowadays dental implants have become a much more appealing alternative, both for their functionality and their appearance.
When you’ve had to undergo a tooth extraction, a dental implant procedure can give you a long-lasting solution to your missing tooth, and it will be so functional and natural-looking that you’ll soon feel it has become part of your mouth. If you’ve been injured in a sports accident or auto accident, you might require an emergency tooth extraction, and you’ll need to decide which course of action is best for you. You might even need to have all the upper or all the lower teeth replaced, and in this case, you can have all on four dental implants installed to replace that entire arch of teeth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are actually titanium screws which replace the root part of your tooth, and provide an anchor for a crown which would be installed to replace the missing tooth. These screws are made of titanium because it joins so well with the bone in your jaw, and literally becomes part of the jawbone after a period of several months. Once this process has occurred, it will be possible to install prosthetic teeth on the implants so that you will once again have full functionality and a natural appearance to your mouth.
Advantages of dental implants
There are actually quite a few advantages which you’ll realize from having dental implants installed. First of all, you’ll enjoy a considerably improved appearance because implants look and feel very much like your original teeth. They are also a permanent solution, and with proper care, you can expect your implants to last a lifetime. You won’t have to worry about slurred speech as you might with dentures that don’t fit properly, or which slip in your mouth. Since dental implants are firmly anchored, you won’t have any problems with slippage.
Implants are also very comfortable in your mouth, and exert no pressure on the gums like dentures would. You’ll really appreciate how easy it is to chew any kind of foods, because your implants will have the same kind of functionality that your original teeth used to. It will not be necessary to grind down or reduce other teeth in the area where your implant is installed, so you’ll also be able to enjoy improved dental health throughout the years. Finally, you will enjoy greater self-esteem and self-confidence, because you once again have a natural looking smile, and have fully functional teeth in your mouth.
Taking the next step
Now that you know all about dental implants and how they can benefit you in major ways, you should take the next step in resolving your missing tooth issue. Contact us at Ammons Dental by Design, so we can arrange for an initial consultation with you, and learn all about your current dental health situation. We’ll make sure you are a good candidate for dental implants, and if you decide to go forward with the process, we can prepare you for the implants which will restore your natural smile and provide you with fully functional teeth once again.