Our teeth were designed to last us for our entire lifespan. But sometimes, for whatever reason, we might find ourselves facing the loss of a tooth. In fact, according to statistics by the American College of Prosthodontists, a whopping 178 million people have at least one missing tooth; others have lost a mouthful of teeth.
The good news is that regardless of how many teeth you are missing, you have choices for how to best fill in that space to give you back your chewing function as well as protect the health of your remaining teeth. But dentists agree that in most cases, the best option is a dental implant.
If you are one of the millions of people going through life with missing teeth, call us at Urgent Dental Care of New Hampshire. Our dentists can handle the implant process from start to finish.
Dental implants are a life-changer for many people. Will you be next?
Advantages of Dental Implants
Here are a few of the reasons dentists recommend dental implants as the best way to replace missing teeth:
- Because it is a permanent structure, the dental implant is the closest you can get to a natural tooth.
- Dental implants last a long time. If you care for them properly, they can last for the rest of your life.
- Whereas dentures can shift or move, dental implants are secured and integrated to the jawbone so recipients can be confident when smiling, talking, and eating.
- There are no eating restrictions with dental implants, so recipients can eat all of their favorite foods.
- The jawbone is protected with dental implants, so there is no shrinkage of the bone. When teeth are missing, the body no longer sends nutrients to the area, causing the bone to atrophy. Implants continue to stimulate the bone, keeping it healthy.
Dental Implants for Replacing Missing Teeth
Most dentists will tell you that dental implants are the premier choice when it comes to replacing missing teeth.
In their most primitive form, implants go back hundreds of years. Today’s modern implants are a safe, effective way to replace missing teeth and give recipients the best form and function next to their natural teeth.
Designed to take the place of the missing tooth root, the post that makes up the implant itself is made out of titanium. This metal is safe because most people do not have a reaction to it. It usually takes a few months for the implant to fully integrate into the jawbone, making it a permanent part of the bone.
Once the implant is firmly in place, your dentist places a custom crown on top. The crown will take the place of your natural tooth and is designed to blend in perfectly with the rest of your natural teeth.
A permanent dental implant will not shift or move. Recipients are able to speak, eat, and laugh normally with no restrictions, even if all of their teeth have been replaced with implants.
Caring for Dental Implants
Unlike dentures, which need to be removed for cleaning, you can care for your implants much as you would for your natural teeth with regular brushing and flossing.
Make sure you stay current with twice annual trips to the dentist for examinations and cleanings. Dental implants won’t develop cavities like your natural teeth, but good oral care will keep your gums healthy. Your dentist should regularly inspect your dental implants.
Find Out if Dental Implants Might Be a Good Option for You
Make an appointment to come in and talk to us about dental implants and find out if they are a good tooth replacement option for you. We look forward to speaking with you!