Overview of Dental Implants

Good general health starts with good oral health. A missing tooth is a very obvious dental problem. Whenever you open your mouth to speak, or eat or smile, anyone you’re in the company of can see the gap. It can be embarrassing, and affects a person’s confidence, quality of life, and overall health. Missing teeth compromise eating habits, speech and appearance. The condition also leads to bone loss in the jaw, the abnormal shifting of other teeth, as well as bite problems. Missing teeth cause the jaw bone to melt away (resorption), cause cheek bones to collapse inward, the nose to droop and point downward, and increase widow lines and wrinkles – all which add to the look of premature aging, and decreased reasons to smile.

Note how loss of teeth leads to bone loss and a collapsed face
Note how loss of teeth leads to bone loss and a collapsed face

 

Dental implants have become the viable treatment option to replace missing teeth and are now referred to as the “standard of care” for replacing missing or failing teeth. Acting as a substitute tooth root, the natural tissue in the bone bonds to the implant, forming a stable foundation for permanent replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Dental implants actually help preserve the bone by providing the stimulation that was previously provided by natural tooth roots. This also helps maintain the integrity of the facial structure.

Comparison between a natural tooth and dental implant
Comparison between a natural tooth and dental implant

There are many advantages of dental implant treatment over other traditional treatment options. The traditional method of replacing a missing tooth is with a fixed bridge or removable partial denture (false teeth). These methods require the permanent alteration (shaving down) of adjacent teeth for a bridge, or attaching a partial denture to natural adjoining teeth with clasps that can eventually loosen the natural teeth and cause serious damage to the gum line. With dental implants, no such action is needed, so people are spared problems associated with traditional false teeth.

Dental implants are the best permanent solution to replace missing teeth. Whether you are missing ONE, SEVERAL, or ALL OF YOUR TEETH, we will provide you with the service that is most appropriate for your specific case. Using the latest advanced materials and tissue management techniques, they will help you regain the self-confidence, quality of life and smile you may have lost when you lost those teeth.

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