Tooth Replacement & Dental Implants
Dental implants are the perfect option for people missing one, two, or more teeth, have problems with existing crowns or bridges or loose dentures.
Dental implants will allow you to speak, smile, eat, sing, kiss – in other words, do everything you want – with total self assurance. In addition to improving your self-esteem, dental implants will also make a big difference in your overall physical health and appearance.
When teeth are missing and not replaced, adjacent and opposing teeth can drift to fill the empty space. This tooth movement can lead to problems with the supporting bone and tissue and difficulty chewing. The loss of teeth also means loss of bone mass in your jaw. This affects the overall appearance of your face which changes your profile and may cause the appearance of thin lips, drooping muscles, jowls or witch’s chin.
Dental implants are small, titanium cylinders that are inserted into the jawbone in place of missing teeth. Then prosthetic restorations – such as esthetic porcelain crowns, bridgework, or dentures – are attached to a post or abutment placed inside the implant. When you chew, the implant acts like the root of a tooth to support the restorations.
Dental implants also serve to stimulate the bone where teeth were removed contributing to the overall health of the mouth and the supporting structures of the face. Another health advantage that implants provide over conventional bridgework is that implants prevent the necessity of having other teeth cut down in order to build a bridge or crown. (This is still necessary in certain clinical situations.)
Implants are strong and they stay put. You can eat whatever you wish, and, once again, enjoy the health benefits of proper nutrition. In most cases placing implants causes very little, if any, discomfort. In fact, many patients do not have to use any pain pills.