Tooth loss is something we all wish to avoid. As your dental team, we would like to help you keep your natural teeth for life. When tooth replacement is necessary, our primary goal is to provide the highest level of care to get your smile back to its healthiest, most functional state. For several reasons, dental implants are the ideal method of restoration.
You have lived with your natural teeth for many, many years. You know what they feel like and how they work. You have always been able to eat the foods you’d like, and you may have an unrealized expectation that this will continue. With the right method of replacement, it can. Dental implants differ from other forms of tooth replacement in that the intent is to replace teeth roots. This is done with the insertion of tiny titanium posts. Over a few months’ time, bone tissue encases these posts, making them as stable as natural roots.
The reinstatement of natural structure achieves the greatest degree of chewing function possible, and this leads to numerous other benefits.
Unless you have worn dentures, you are not likely aware of their shortcomings. Comfortable chewing and speaking are two important aspects of tooth replacement, and two aspects that are affected by the type of prosthesis used. If not “glued down” with denture adhesive, it is possible that this fixture will rub against the gums as the mouth is moved. Some patients experience sores or chronic discomfort that keeps them from wanting to wear their denture, which can expedite the degradation of bone tissue.
One of the most significant consequences of tooth loss is the breakdown of healthy bone tissue. The jawbone is supported by healthy roots, which transfer force to the bone when we chew. Without this stimulation through the root, or a dental implant, the density and height of the jawbone will diminish. In severe cases, we see the result of this breakdown as a “sunken” appearance.
While we consider all of the benefits of dental implants important, perhaps the top benefit is that you can feel confident in your smile once again.
We are happy to consult with you about your oral health needs. Call New Smiles at (503) 925-9595.