Although vast improvements in the science and technology of oral care have been made in recent years, many people still find themselves wanting or needing to replace a missing tooth. Dental implants have become a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are a great option for many people.
A dental implant is a titanium post (similar in size and shape to a screw) that is surgically inserted into the jaw bone. As the bone heals, it fuses with the implant through a process called osseointegration. Through osseointegration, the implant becomes nearly as sturdy and secure as a natural tooth and serves as an artificial tooth root for the replacement tooth (usually a porcelain crown).
Dental implants are one of the most popular solutions to missing teeth. Most patients find that their dental implant is secure, stable, and a good replacement for their original tooth. There are many advantages to dental implants, including the following:
Because implants are surgically inserted into your jawbone, they are much more comfortable than removable dentures.
Dental implants are designed to mimic the look and feel of your original tooth. This makes it much less obvious that it isn’t your natural tooth. Because implants fuse with bone, they become permanent.
Unlike removable dentures which can slide around and make chewing difficult, dental implants function like your natural teeth. Because they are fused to the bone, they are secure and allow patients to eat what they want comfortably.
Unlike removable dentures, dental implants require no special care. Most dentists recommend caring for them the way you would care for your natural teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits. Removable dentures can be embarrassing, messy, and inconvenient.
Because dental implants don’t require healthy teeth to be removed (as with a tooth-supported bridge), long-term oral health is improved.
For many people, feeling good about their smile can boost confidence and self-esteem.
If you want to replace missing teeth and restore your smile, schedule an appointment to see if a dental insert may be the right option for you.