What are Dental Implants?
Clinically and commercially, dental implants have held fast to their top ranking as the most ideal replacement for natural teeth for more than four decades. Implants are stand-alone artificial teeth with titanium posts that are fused directly to the jawbone for permanent stability. When the implant post is fitted with a lifelike dental crown, it bears a remarkable resemblance to a real tooth in terms of its physical appearance and also its function. An implant can also contribute to the support of a dental bridge, partial denture, or a complete denture, creating the most effective tooth replacement alternative in dental history.
What happens after tooth loss?
After a natural tooth has been lost, a large percentage of the volume of the jawbone is also lost. The bone undergoes a natural process call resorption (bone loss and shrinkage), and the remaining teeth can be expected to fall out of alignment, leading to a significant deterioration in your oral health.
Crowding, shifting, unbalanced chewing patterns, jaw joint dysfunction, and a change in your physical appearance are the undesirable consequences of tooth loss. However, many of these side-effects can be prevented or reduced when you select a tooth replacement that can perform the same duties as a natural tooth.
Can I benefit from implants?
Implants are appropriate for virtually any healthy adult with missing teeth. Whether the extent of your tooth loss is limited or generalized, implants can be customized to fill the void left by your real teeth. Implants are right for patients who prefer a full smile, a broad and balanced chewing surface, and those patients who are unsatisfied with their current partials, bridges, and dentures. Dental implants are even a viable option when a tooth has been missing for several years, and there is no age limit in terms of the ideal implant candidate.
What steps should I take to learn more?
Implant dentistry involves one or more surgical procedures and a significant degree of advanced planning. We would be happy to meet with you and perform a comprehensive examination in order to discuss your concerns and plan your treatment from start to finish.
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