High-Tech Teeth

People are living longer than ever. While regular brushing, flossing and checkups allow many of us to maintain our natural smiles for a lifetime, sometimes our teeth just can’t keep up. In fact, millions of Americans suffer tooth loss—mostly due to tooth decay, periodontal disease or injury. For many years, the only treatment options available for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures, but dental implants are available today.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth. Think of them as artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. When placed in your jawbone they become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns. A connector, known as an abutment, is placed on top of the dental implant to hold and support your crowns. The crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth. They allow you to live the way you want to without worrying about your teeth.

What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

There are many advantages, including:

Improved appearance.

Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.

Improved speech.

With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.

Improved comfort.

Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.

Easier eating.

Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.

Improved self-esteem.

Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.

Improved oral health.

Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health.

Durability.

Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.

Convenience.

Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.

Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?

In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering form uncontrolled chronic disorders – such as diabetes or heart disease – or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis. If you are considering implants, talk to your dentist to see if they are right for you.

To better understand what makes dental implants the definitive solution for missing teeth, please feel free to visit us for a free consultation. Schedule yours today. You’ll be amazed at what our dental technology and expert care can do for you!