Missing teeth can be both inconvenient and problematic for your health. When you lose adult teeth, the teeth around them can begin to shift and the crowd. The jaw bone beneath the missing tooth is also more prone to bacteria and infection and can begin to deteriorate.
Luckily, there are many teeth replacement options. If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants may be the solution for you. Dental implants consist of a titanium rod implanted into the jaw bone with a dental crown placed on top.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants offer a wide variety of benefits and are a front-runner as one of the most effective teeth replacement options. They are durable, and with proper care can last a lifetime. They are also customizable and maintain the appearance of your natural teeth. Once an implant is placed and healed properly, it is almost impossible to tell that it is not a real tooth.
Implants are incredibly strong and durable. You can eat and chew normal foods with your implant. They are also harder to crack and chip than your natural teeth.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Implants are a great treatment option, but it is important to evaluate if you are eligible for them. We factor many things into consideration to assess this. If you are a smoker or have autoimmune diseases, dental implants may not be right for you. Additionally, if you need radiation therapy for your head or neck or suffer from uncontrolled diabetes, you should not seek out dental implants.
One of the biggest determining factors for if implants are right for you is the amount of healthy jawbone you have. When teeth are missing, the jawbone beneath them is prone to deterioration. Because of this, you may not have enough suitable jawbone left to support an implant. If this is the case we may recommend alternative approaches such as mini implants, dental bridges, or other treatment options.
Dental implants are a great method of teeth replacement. If they are properly cared for, they can last a lifetime. If you are missing teeth and are interested in learning more about dental implants, give us a call today.