In the past, bridges and dentures were the only options for people wanting to replace missing teeth. Today, however, dental implants are available and growing in popularity.Dental implants are a permanent, hassle-free solution for anyone with a healthy mouth who wants to replace one or more missing teeth.
What are dental implants?
Instead of merely covering over the space of missing teeth, dental implants replace the tooth roots and are covered by permanent or removable replacement teeth made to match the colour and spacing of your original teeth. These replacement teeth look and feel like your natural teeth. They fuse with the jawbone making them a permanent and natural-looking solution to your missing teeth.
Why choose dental implants over other solutions?
Implants offer a number of benefits overtraditional options for replacing missing teeth, including over dentures and bridges. Implants are permanently fixed in your mouth, so there is no danger of them slipping out of place or causingslurred speech.
Dentures can be uncomfortable because they are removable and can slip butdental implants become fused to your jawbone and therefore act and feel like a natural tooth. This makes eating easier and improves your self-esteem with a natural smile you can be proud of.
The implant procedure
Unlike bridges, which rely on additional support from surrounding teeth, dental implants do not alter any of your neighbouring teeth. Implants are most appropriate for people who have good overall oral and gum health with adequate bone in their jaws to support them.
The dental implants procedure requires work between your dentist and periodontist who will consult with you about placing the implants. These implants can replace anywhere from one tooth to all of your teeth.
Depending on how many teeth are being replaced with implants, you may need to be on a soft food diet for several weeks while your mouth is healing. Once the implants have fused and become stable, your replacement teeth will be permanently fixed onto the implant.
Are implants an option for me?
Dental implants are a great option for anyone with good oral health who is missing one or more teeth. They provide a permanent, hassle-free solution and any implants you do have won’t adversely affect your natural teeth.
Call and schedule a consultation with your dentist today and make your dream of a restored smile a reality!
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