Missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your smile and cause problems chewing normally. Dental implants are a safe and permanent solution to replace teeth that have been lost due to injury, infection or decay, as well as teeth that never formed.
A dental implant is designed to replace the root of a missing tooth. The implant, which is made up of biocompatible titanium material, is placed in the jawbone where a tooth is missing. Over time the dental implant integrates with the bone and serves to support a crown that looks, feels and functions like your own tooth. Dental implants are also ideal for replacing several missing teeth. Multiple implants can be placed to support a bridge or dentures that are stable and secure.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants have several advantages compared to traditional dentures and bridges:
They Look and Feel Natural
Dental implants feel and function like your natural teeth. They are easy to take care of by brushing and flossing normally just like your own teeth. Unlike dentures, you don’t need to remove them after meals to clean. Also, there is no need to worry about them coming loose while you eat or talk. You will feel great knowing that you can eat, smile, and laugh with confidence.
Your Teeth and Jaw Bone are Protected
When a tooth is lost, the surrounding bone starts to deteriorate, and neighboring teeth begin to shift, which leaves less than ideal solutions to replace the missing tooth. Worse yet, the loss of jawbone leaves your face looking sunken, adding years to the way you look. Replacing the tooth as soon as it is lost is the best way to prevent loss of bone. Unlike bridges and partial dentures, dental implants do not rely on other healthy teeth to act as anchors, protecting your healthy teeth.
They are Long-Lasting
Bridges and dentures usually need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years, but dental implants are built to last for decades with proper care. You don’t have to worry about further decay or wear that can result in more investment of time and money.
At Pinebrook Dentistry, we want our patients to feel confident about the treatment they are receiving. Dr. Gloria Kim has many years of experience restoring patients’ dental health with implants. State-of-the-art technology is utilized to evaluate the site where the implant will be placed for the most predictable results. Dr. Kim will gladly go over any questions you have about tooth replacement options.
Please Call Us for a Consultation
Call our Pinebrook dental office for a convenient consultation appointment. We will be happy to discuss your options so that you can feel comfortable before deciding if a dental implant is the best solution for you.