Why Dental Implants are so Popular

So, you’ve lost a tooth. It doesn’t really matter why. Maybe you were injured. Maybe you struggle with dental or gum disease. Maybe the tooth simply failed. Regardless, you are left with a hole in your mouth. Today, you have the option of dental implants. While they may be a little more expensive than some other options, dental implants have unique advantages.

Dental implants are very simple to understand. An oral surgeon places a titanium post in your jaw bone. After the bone has completely healed around the post, a cosmetic dentist adds a crown to the post. The crown looks and feels like a natural tooth. Take a look at some of the ways dental implants can change your smile.

Natural Look and Feel

Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. Most people won’t even know which teeth are implants and which are not.

Dr. Burley will choose a color for the crown that matches your natural teeth. She then shapes the implant to not only fill the hole left by the missing tooth, but also to give your smile balance and make your smile its best.

Without slipping dentures or missing teeth, you will be able to eat naturally and without fear of pain. Because they’re permanent, you will quickly adjust to the new tooth, preventing any speech changes.

Protect Your Bones

We’ve all heard the phrase “use it or lose it.” It especially applies to your bones. Putting on pressure and using your bones helps to keep them strong. It’s a common problem with dentures. Patients with a complete set of dentures can lose up to .4mm of jaw bone every year.

Over time, this can change the shape of your face. You may still experience bone loss even if you have only lost one or two teeth. This can be more dangerous, because it may affect the surrounding teeth, creating more tooth loss over time.

But dental implants change the dynamic. The post portion of the implant behaves very similar to the root of your natural tooth. It reacts to the pressure of biting and eating, keeping your bones healthy and strong.

Easy Care

Dentures and bridges can be hard to care for. You need to keep them wet. You need to clean them with special pastes and tablets. Then, in order to keep them in place, you need adhesives strips or creams.

You can toss all these with dental implants. All you need to do is brush and floss your implants just as you would your natural teeth. Denture wearers need to have their appliances re-fit every few years due to bone loss.

But dental implants just need to attend their regular dental checkups. Your dental implants should last as long as natural teeth with good dental hygiene.

Flexibility

Whether you need a full set of teeth, or you are just replacing one damaged tooth, dental implants work. To replace one tooth, your dentist will implant a post in the empty tooth socket. A crown fills in the space to give you a full and natural smile.

Dental implants also can take the place of dentures. If you need a full set of teeth, Dr. Burley can insert a series of titanium posts in the jaw and then affix a full set of teeth permanently to the posts. This can immediately fix your smile.

Making the Switch

Whether you are missing one tooth or several, you can replace them. Even if you have had dentures for years, you can still get dental implants.

Just give Dr. Burley a call and make an appointment to discuss your options. She will look at your mouth and where teeth are missing. She will measure your bone density and discuss how dental implants will work for you.

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