Have you recently lost a tooth, and are now left with an incomplete smile? Or, is one of your dentures failing after several years of wear? Many people find their prosthetics become uncomfortable, over time, either due to damage to the prosthetic itself, or because of changes in their jaw’s structure. Fortunately, there is one solution that can help many patients either complete their smile, after tooth loss, or increase their comfort by replacing an outdated prosthetic. If you think your smile could look or function better, it is time to learn about the many benefits of dental implants!
What Sets Dental Implants Apart?
Dental implants are considered the most stable and permanent option for tooth replacement, and for that reason they have also become the most recommended form of prosthetic by most dentists.
What makes implants special is that they are supported by a titanium post that is surgically inserted directly into the jaw. This post is a permanent way to anchor a replacement tooth, but just as importantly it also mimics the function of a natural tooth root, by continuing to supply nutrients to the jaw as you chew. Without this, the jaw will begin to shrink over time, particularly if you have lost several teeth, which could be why your existing prosthetic no longer fits well.
Another benefit of implants is that a single post can actually support up to four replacement teeth, meaning that even patients who have lost most or all of their teeth, could still be able to benefit from the use of dental implants to support a series of crowns, pontics, or even dentures. Implants can also be combined with dental bridges.
If you’re interested in the benefits of implants, and in seeing if they could be the right prosthetic solution for your smile, be sure to talk with your restorative dentist.
You might be surprised just how effectively they could complete your smile, and improve its comfort and functionality, as well.