Dental Implants Can Make Your Smile Whole Again
Adjusting to the loss of a tooth isn't easy. The change in your smile doesn't just affect your appearance, but your ability to eat normally. Luckily, dental implants can restore your smile. St. Petersburg, FL, dentist, Dr. Rosemarie Márquez, explains how you can benefit from implants.
Replacing the entire tooth offers several important benefits.
Dental implants are the only tooth restoration method that replaces your entire tooth. Other options, such as bridges and dentures, restore teeth above the gum line but don't replace tooth roots.
Restoring roots with titanium implants offers these advantages:
- Improved Chewing Ability: It's much easier to chew foods when your replacement tooth is anchored by a strong root. When you choose a dental implant, you'll be able to eat all the foods you ate before tooth loss. Your titanium implant gradually bonds to your jawbone after it's inserted during a minor procedure. The implant provides an exceptionally secure foundation for the dental crown you'll use to bite and chew foods in your favorite St. Petersburg restaurants.
- Excellent Comfort: Bridges and dentures can be good replacement options when they fit well and don't rub against your gums. Unfortunately, when fit is an issue, your gums can become irritated. Because the parts of your implant function as a single unit and don't rest on your gums, your new tooth feels very much like the natural tooth it replaced.
- Longevity: You'll probably never have to replace your implant, thanks to the bone-bonding capabilities of titanium. You may need to replace the crown at some point.
- Healthier Jawbone: Your teeth constantly exert pressure on your jawbone and help keep it strong. When one or more teeth are lost, the jawbone underneath recedes and weakens, making it more difficult to wear partials or dentures. This bone loss also affects the bone levels on the adjacent teeth. By placing an implant in the bone, you continue to provide stimulus to the cells in the bone that keep it healthy. Bone loss in your jaw can also cause sagging in the lower part of your face.
- Preserve tooth structure: Replacing missing teeth with bridges means cutting down the adjacent teeth which, in many cases, are healthy to prepare for a bridge. Additionally, when one of those teeth gets decay, you have to replace the whole bridge. While implants are, initially, a bigger investment, they are a better investment longterm.
- Better Oral Health: Teeth tend to shift and overlap over tooth loss, making it difficult to remove plaque when you brush. Dental implants offer a simple solution that prevents teeth from drifting.
- Flexibility: Dental implants are a good option no matter how many teeth you've lost. In fact, it's easy to replace an entire row of teeth with an implant-supported denture.
Are you interested in learning if you're a good candidate for dental implants? Call St. Petersburg, FL, dentist, Dr. Márquez, at (727) 345-1774 to schedule an appointment.