As a child, do you remember how excited you were after losing your first tooth? For most it meant a rite of passage – one more step toward growing up, a visit from the tooth fairy, money under your pillow, or simple bragging rights at school the next day. However, tooth loss as an adult can have quite the opposite effect. There’s certainly no reason to brag. It can feel like a significant step toward feeling considerably older, causing you to withdraw and avoid smiling all together.
Whether you have one missing tooth or you are missing an entire arch of teeth, tooth loss can be an overwhelming experience. But with the introduction of dental implants into the dental industry, patients can now improve their overall aesthetics and dental function. Dental implants are small screw-like posts made from safe and biocompatible titanium, designed as a lasting solution to replace and mimic natural tooth roots.
Depending on the amount of tooth loss, a periodontist or oral surgeon will surgically insert one to six dental implants within your upper and/or lower jawbone. After about a four to six month healing period (known as osseointegration), a beautifully crafted and customized restoration will be affixed to your implants to recreate and restore your smile.
At Westside Dental Center in Plantation, FL, we can help you achieve the smile of your dreams with dental implants. If you are unsure on whether this is the right procedure for you – below are the top benefits to choosing dental implants.
More Comfortable than Traditional Restorations
Dental implants and implant-supported restorations provide the surest, most durable solution available to replacing natural teeth. This is due to their ability to mimic the entire tooth from root to crown. Although traditional restorations are an option, they rely on remaining teeth and gums to hold the device in place. Over time, this can cause discomfort and damage. Many patients struggle with the restoration shifting out of place when eating or speaking. Because an implant-supported restoration is affixed to permanently placed dental implants within your jawbone, you never have to worry about your device slipping of place.
Improved Appearance and Better Quality of Life
An implant-supported restoration will be designed from durable, yet realistic materials so as to match the shape, size, and color of your former teeth. This not only creates natural-looking results, but restores complete dental function. Being able to enjoy all your favorite foods and smile freely and confidently improves your emotional wellbeing and opens up new doors of opportunity. Eliminating tooth loss helps you to look and feel better, which in turn leads to more confidence, improved relationships and social life, and a better quality of life.
Oral Health Longevity
Traditional restorative devices, such as dentures and dental bridges rest atop remaining teeth and gums. Over time, this can lead to oral health concerns, such as damaged teeth, gum recession, and bone loss. Because dental implants fuse with your jawbone, they are able to stimulate the nerves within your mouth with each bite you take. When your jaw is continually stimulated, it prevents jawbone regeneration and further tooth loss. In addition, adjacent teeth are never in jeopardy and you can enjoy a healthy smile for a lifetime. Because dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, this can help save you time, energy, and resources on additional restorative devices and follow-up appointments.
Have You Recently Experienced Tooth Loss?
At Westside Dental Center in Plantation, FL, we have a visiting periodontist perform the dental implant procedure while Dr. Uttma Dham designs and places your customized restoration. To learn more about the benefits of dental implants, contact our dental practice today at 954-476-4535 or email us online to schedule your consultation.