If one or more of your teeth are missing, there are a number of ways to replace them. An alternative to bridges, partials or complete dentures may be dental implants. Implants are used to replace missing roots and support artificial replacement teeth. They are comfortable and look like natural teeth.
The loss of one or more teeth can have a major impact on the function and shape of your mouth and the appearance of your smile:
- Missing teeth can change the shape of your mouth and the look of your face.
- Gaps in your teeth can impair your ability to eat certain foods.
- The spaces left by missing teeth can reduce the attractiveness of your smile and diminish your sense of confidence.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium metal. It is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of the natural tooth. An artificial replacement tooth is attached to the implant. The implant acts as an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place.
Who can get dental implants?
If you are in good general health, have healthy gums and have enough bone in the jaw to hold an implant, dental implants might be right for you. If your jawbone has shrunk or if it has not developed normally, you may be able to have a bone graft to build up the bone. A bone graft is a way of adding new bone to your jawbone. Your dentist or dental specialist will tell you if bone grafting can be done.
Why are implants so great?
Traditional dental prosthetics replace only the crown portion of teeth – that’s the white portion we see above the gum line. Our teeth, however, extend below the gum line and into the jaw. Teeth roots anchor natural teeth to the jawbone.
Implants are designed to replace the crown and root of a tooth. They’re set into the sockets left by missing teeth. Bone naturally integrates with dental implants to anchor replacement teeth in place. So you’ll never have to worry about loose, wobbly, ill-fitting prosthetics.
Another benefit of implants is bone stimulation. Our jawbone will deteriorate over time without stimulation from teeth roots. Traditional bridges, partials, and dentures lend no stimulation to bone, therefore it degenerates. Implants, however, help keep bone dense and strong.
Call Erin Hills Dental to schedule your dental implants consultation: 519-315-3151