Dental Implants Will Return the Full Life You’ve Lost
Nobody wants to lose their teeth, but it does happen. With a single missing tooth, you may be worried that your smile won’t ever look the same again. What will your friends—or your boss—think, when they notice?
If you’ve lost many teeth, you may feel like you’re on a fast road to a full set of dentures and a lifetime of soup for dinner. Will you be able to chew your food without embarrassment? How long will it be before you start to look like your grandparents?
Feelings of embarrassment and shame are no way to live life! Whether you are missing one tooth or many, dental implants can give you back the look and feel of your natural teeth, so you’ll never have feel like something is missing.
Implants Can Replace Any Missing Teeth
There are many problems you can face from losing teeth; dental implants help you avoid those problems. A single missing tooth can disrupt the harmony of your smile and cause changes to your alignment and dental health. Multiple missing teeth can affect how well you speak and chew, and limit the foods you can enjoy. If you wear full or partial dentures, switching to an implant-based prosthetic can end your discomfort and give you back control over your diet.
Dental implants are composed of a small titanium base that is surgically implanted in the jaw to function in the same way as natural tooth roots. Once an implant has fused with the jaw bone—a process that takes a few months—a prosthetic tooth or denture can be attached.
Dental implants can be provided for the following forms of tooth loss:
- One Tooth – one implant with a dental crown permanently affixed to the top
- Three or More Consecutive Teeth – an implant bridge construction
- Multiple Teeth on Both Sides – two or more implants with a detachable partial denture
- A Full Arch of Teeth – usually four dental implants for a fixed or detachable arch of dentures
No one should have to worry that their dentures will slip loose and embarrass them when eating with friends and family. We want our patients to be able to enjoy a rich and varied diet and the experience the simple joy of eating comfortably in the presence of others. Ill-fitting dentures can rob you of those pleasures in life. Dental implants can give you back control over your diet and dining habits.
With just four dental implants, a full arch of dentures can be securely attached. They do not shift or slip out of place, and only come loose when you choose to take them out. With implant-based dentures, all your favorite foods will be back on the menu and you’ll never have to worry about being embarrassed by your teeth again. Corn on the cob? No problem. Whole apples? No problem. Dental implants stay put and can stand up to the toughest foods.
The Healthier Choice for Tooth Replacement
An unfortunate fact about losing teeth is that it leads to jawbone resorption. In the absence of tooth roots, the body does not send the proper nutrients needed to maintain bone mass in the jaw. That means that when you lose teeth, your body starts a slow process of diminishing bone mass. Over time, the lower jaw will shrink and shrink, changing your appearance and facial structure.
Dental implants are the only way to replace teeth that won’t lead to losing bone mass. Because the implants mimic natural tooth roots, the body continues to build and support healthy tissue in the jaw bones.
Implant-based restorations are also a better choice for maintaining a healthy diet. Poor fitting dentures often force patients to limit their choices to soft foods that won’t cause pressure on the gums or dislodge dentures. Implant dentures and partials, however, are strong enough to give you the freedom to enjoy a wide range of healthy foods, such as crunchy fruits and vegetables.
Learn More About Dental Implants with Heritage Family Dentistry
If you are ready to learn more about dental implants, contact us for an appointment with Dr. Preston Hamrick. At your consultation, we’ll examine your teeth and gums, go over your medical history, and determine whether you are good candidate for this treatment. Patients with medical conditions that affect their ability to heal and build bone mass may have special needs to make implants possible, so each case will have a different treatment plan and timeline.