Whether you're missing one or most of your teeth, those gaps in your smile need not be permanent, and dentures aren’t your only option. Dental implants are the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. They look and function just like natural teeth can last a lifetime and are the only restoration that prevents bone loss.
Johnny L. Smith, D.M.D. in Peoria, AZ has restored countless smiles and optimum oral health with advanced dental implants. Read on as Dr. Smith explains 7 reasons why dental implants are the best choice for replacing missing teeth.
A natural look
Custom colored and contoured to match your natural teeth; dental implants are impossible to spot. Only Dr. Smith will know you have an implant, and he won’t tell.
Dentures can slip or fit awkwardly, affecting your speech. Implants, however, are permanently implanted into your jaw bone, enabling them to function like natural teeth. There’s no slippage, and therefore, no slurring or lisping.
Eat whatever you like
Unlike dentures, which make it hard to eat certain foods, such as corn on the cob, carrot sticks, or apples, dental implants do not require any limitations on what you can safely eat.
Again, dental implants are implanted into the jawbone, creating an artificial "root." The artificial root mean implants are more secure than dentures. Another benefit of the implantation process is that dental implants are the only tooth replacement that stimulates your jaw bone, supporting your facial structure. Without implants, patients with missing teeth suffer bone deterioration that can alter the shape of their face.
Preserve surrounding teeth
A bridge is a standard replacement for missing teeth. This procedure entails placing crowns on the teeth surrounding a missing tooth or teeth. The prosthetic is anchored to these crowns.
However, to apply the crowns, a portion of your existing teeth must be filed down – even if they're healthy.
By contrast, with dental implants, there is no need to remove any of your natural teeth. Plus, implants fill in spaces where teeth are missing and prevent the shifting of remaining teeth if these spaces remain unfilled.
Dental implants have a 98% success rate. Implants can replace one or more missing teeth. They can even serve as a base for a whole row of missing teeth if you choose implant-supported dentures.
Dental implants require only the same care as your natural teeth. What’s more, if you practice good oral hygiene – twice-daily brushing, daily flossing, and bi-annual visits to our office for professional cleanings and checkups, your implants can last a lifetime.
Start smiling again
A confident smile is essential to imparting confidence and engineering goodwill. That’s a challenge when you're self-conscious about missing teeth. Dental implants are comfortable, secure, and natural-looking.
If you’re ready to start smiling again, contact Johnny L. Smith D.M.D. Call the office or request a consultation online today.