Dental implants are revolutionizing the way we approach the problem of missing teeth. If you suffer from missing teeth, you’re not alone! About 178 million Americans have or have had a missing tooth. Think that is staggering? The fact is, millions of people are missing all of their teeth. However, at Mountain Aire Dentistry, you don’t have to live life without a full set of pearly whites! Dental implants are a state-of-the-art option that allow patients to replace missing teeth with ones that look, feel and perform like natural teeth. If you are missing a tooth, restore your smile today with a long-lasting dental implant!
The Challenges of Living with Missing Teeth
Missing a tooth or two (or several) can be more than just a cosmetic inconvenience. There are practical negative consequences to missing teeth, which have everything to do with your dental health and the way you live. For starters, you have to stop or reduce eating hard food and change the way you chew. The way you talk and sound will be affected as your gums progressively recede. Without a tooth root to secure, your jaw bone will start to shrink and weaken, causing your cheeks and lips to eventually sag.
What to Expect with Dental Implants
Dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth as they are natural looking, strong and secure. In many cases, your dental implant might even be stronger than a natural tooth would be.
In this procedure, we will place a titanium post into your jawbone. This will secure the tooth in your mouth. Afterwards, we will place a prosthetic tooth into the post where it will stay for years to come. Depending on your oral health, you may receive your dental post in one appointment and the dental crown (tooth) in a separate appointment to allow the post to securely set into the jawbone.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Our dental implants are very realistic and durable, so you don’t have to worry about your tooth for many years. Dental implants are stronger than natural teeth and generally last 10-20 years. They are preferred over bridges because they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support which can weaken these teeth over time. Other benefits to consider are:
- Restore and preserve facial structure
- Stop the progression of bone loss and gum recession
- Create a secure base for bridgework
- Secure dentures without the hassle of glues
- Help remaining teeth stay in place
- Normalize chewing and speaking abilities
- Provide a permanent solution
Caring for Dental Implants
Although a dental implant is not a real tooth, it still must receive proper care as you would a normal tooth. The better you take care of your implant, the longer it will last. With your missing-tooth problem out of the way, dental implants greatly improve your health and put you on the road to better speech, better nutrition, and improved confidence from a complete smile.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
During your dental implants evaluation and consultation, Dr. Berry will discuss with you your candidacy for dental implants. Sadly, not everyone is an ideal candidate. Long-term success with dental implants relies on healthy gums, adequate bone support/density, and your commitment to excellent oral hygiene habits. Your bone density also plays a vital role in the success of an implant. You have to have sufficient bone in your jaw to secure the dental implant. The forces that impact your jaw on a daily basis from chewing can cause your implant to fail if you do not have the bone matter that you need.
Gum disease is one of the other reasons that a patient has to postpone dental implant treatment. If you have gum disease, it will need to be treated before you can receive a dental implant. Other issues that could impact your candidacy include: autoimmune disorders that affect your ability to heal, uncontrolled diabetes, daily medications that can interfere with the procedure, and smokers who are not able (or willing) to stop smoking during the dental implant process.
Dr. Berry and his experienced staff at Mountain Aire Dentistry, will carefully assess your concerns and will let you know if dental implants are a good option for you. Implants are an excellent way to replace missing teeth without affecting the adjacent teeth. Mountain Aire Dentistry is here to help you you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile! Call us today at (303) 731-7755 to find out if you are a candidate!