If you have lost any of your teeth, you will be happy to find out that dentures are no longer your only option for restoring your smile. Of all your options today, dental implants are by far the best for many people.
Q: How do dental implants work?
Dental implants work differently from any other dental restoration. Rather than being attached to other teeth or gums to support the restoration, dental implants use the same design as natural teeth. Special titanium or zirconium implants are placed directly into the jawbone just as a natural tooth’s root would be. This gives the final restoration that can be in the form of a crown, bridge, or denture natural stability and permanence.
Q: What are the benefits of dental implants?
Because of their unique structure, dental implants also offer a number of unique benefits that other dental restorations cannot match. First of all, they are permanent but do not damage other teeth to establish their permanence. In fact, they usually have the opposite effect and help to keep your jawbone and gum tissue healthy as if your natural teeth were back. You also do not need to change any of your dental care habits as implants can be cleaned just like regular teeth.
Q: Can anyone get dental implants?
Anyone who is interested in a permanent, hassle-free dental restoration should ask his or her dentist about dental implants. Though not all patients will be able to successfully receive implants, many more patients can now get implants. In the past, patients with insufficient bone structure could not get implants, but now bone grafts make implants a possibility for even these patients.
Talk to your dentist to find out if you could be a good candidate for dental implants. If you are like most people, you could be well on your way to feeling like you have your old smile back.