What Dental Implants are and What They Do
A dental implant is an anchor that is surgically inserted into the jawbone to serve as a base to support a false tooth. The implant itself acts like the root of the missing tooth, and the false tooth that is attached looks and functions as the natural tooth did.
When one or more teeth are lost, it can impede speech, appearance and the ability to eat. Dentures can restore these functions to a degree, but they can be uncomfortable and difficult to get used to, making speaking and chewing a challenge. Dentures are also a hassle to clean and require dealing with messy adhesives to wear them. Fixed dental bridges are also difficult to clean adequately, since floss must be threaded through the bridge to clean the space under the bridge. In addition, with both dentures and a fixed bridge, the bone, without teeth in it, will deteriorate, causing the face to look sunken and aged.
Dental implants match natural teeth like no other tooth replacement can. From day one after completion of the procedure, you can speak normally, eat whatever you want with ease, and clean them just like natural teeth. They are extremely comfortable, and look and feel just like natural teeth. In addition, they prevent the loss of jawbone, preserving your facial appearance.
Though most any healthy adult can get a tooth implant, not everyone is a candidate. You need to have sufficient jawbone available to support the implant. In addition, smokers and those with gum disease or certain other health conditions may not be able to get dental implants. Call our office to find out if dental implants are right for you.
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