Many adults suffer from missing teeth or teeth that are broken. Oftentimes they are embarrassed by their smiles and keep their mouths closed at all times. When people are missing teeth, their jaws may change in shape and structure, which can make their faces appear to be sunken in. Patients who have missing or broken teeth may also have difficulty eating, drinking, and speaking. Tooth decay is fairly common in these patients as well because of plaque and tartar build-up in areas where teeth are missing or broken.
In these instances, many patients will seek solutions for artificial teeth. While dentures are great in many aspects, they aren’t for everyone. Fortunately, there are other options for people who want a smile they can be proud of! Here at Smile Connection, we are proud to offer numerous dental implant services to our patients and aid in their dental restoration.
What are the benefits of implants as opposed to dentures?
Unlike removable dentures, dental implants provide permanent new teeth to restore your mouth’s function and appearance. These implants will act as your tooth’s roots, holding your new teeth or crowns, in place. They are strong so you don’t have to worry about losing your crowns, and since they are made to be permanent (and made specifically for you and your mouth), they are comfortable.
What should I expect after receiving dental implants?
After getting dental implants, you may notice that it is much easier to eat and your speech quality may improve quite a bit. You may also notice your face returning to its normal shape because all of your teeth are where they need to be. That sunken appearance will no longer be haunting you!
Best of all, your oral health will improve since you will have all of your teeth in place with no missing pieces or holes. You will be able to brush your teeth and floss easily without worrying about plaque and tartar building up in places that are hard to reach, making your risk of tooth decay dramatically decrease.
It is important to care for your dental implants in the same way you would care for your natural teeth. Practicing good oral hygiene habits will help not only your oral health but will also prolong the lifetime of your implants. While it may take a little bit of time to get used to your new implants, they will eventually feel so natural that you forget that you even have them.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants tend to offer a successful and lasting solution to the loss of some or all of your teeth. If you are interested in receiving dental implants, we will examine your mouth to determine if you are a candidate and together we can decide which course of treatment will be best for you.