Losing a tooth can change more than the way you look. While the open gap can affect your self-image, it can also change the way you speak and chew. Without a full set of teeth, you’re also more vulnerable to permanent oral damage from tooth decay, gum disease, and jawbone loss.
You can resolve the problems of missing teeth with custom dental implants. These artificial tooth replacements provide the closest possible substitutes for teeth lost to injury, decay, or disease. By restoring the appearance and function of your natural smile, dental implants surpass the results of other restorative options.
The dentists at the seven locations of SEDA Dental in southern Florida recommend dental implants to replace missing teeth. Find out why our professionals advise patients to choose dental implants to restore their natural smiles.
The components of a dental implant work together to duplicate the structure of your natural tooth. A dental implant starts with a biocompatible titanium post. This post is screwed into your jawbone to create an artificial tooth root, which provides the same stability that a natural tooth root gives a real tooth.
A connector on top of the post is used to hold a porcelain crown, the tooth-colored part of the dental implant. This part of the implant is customized to perfectly fit your natural bite and blend in with your remaining natural teeth.
Over time, the implant fuses into your jawbone to create a durable bond that looks and feels as “real” as your natural teeth.
Unlike temporary options like bridges, dental implants fuse together with your jawbone to create a bond as strong and permanent as the attachment of your natural tooth root. The bond, which can take between three and six months to complete, is similar to the one that results when an artificial joint becomes part of your body after a hip or knee replacement.
Since dental implants become a permanent part of your body, they replace your lost teeth in every sense. The result means that dental implants can function the same way, or even better, than your natural teeth.
A dental implant provides the same strength and durability of a natural tooth, so you won’t have to worry about damaging your dental work when you eat. With a permanent tooth replacement, you won’t suffer the embarrassment of having your artificial tooth slip when you speak or open your mouth.
Your teeth are meant to work together as a full set to maintain your oral health. When you’re missing one or more teeth, you jeopardize your protection against problems that can affect the health of your mouth.
Empty spaces along your gum make you more susceptible to progressive bone loss that can change the shape of your jaw and the structure of your face. While a natural tooth root stimulates your jawbone to help it stay healthy, an open gap can make the area vulnerable to deterioration because of the lost stimulation. By acting as an artificial tooth root, a dental implant provides the stimulation necessary for jawbone health.
Having gaps along your gum can also allow teeth to shift into the empty spaces. When teeth move out of their natural positions, they become misaligned. Chewing and speaking create unnatural stress on these teeth, increasing your risk of decay and excessive wear.
While other tooth replacements can fill in the gaps of missing teeth, only dental implants duplicate the function and natural protection of a full set of teeth.
Your dental implants are made to duplicate the shape and size of your missing teeth. They fill your gaps and fit your bite to perfection for a comfortable and natural fit. The customization and detail involved in creating your dental implants ensure that your artificial teeth blend in with your natural teeth flawlessly.
Our dental implant specialists take care to ensure that your replacements match the exact shade of your remaining teeth. Dental implants provide results so realistic that no one will know they aren’t your own teeth.
Dental implants provide the most permanent tooth replacement option. While they look, feel, and function like natural teeth after they’re fused to your jawbone, dental implants don’t become damaged by cavities or decay.
Your dental implants can last a lifetime by following your normal dental hygiene routine. Unlike dentures, dental implants don’t require inconvenient removal or special cleaning procedures. Twice daily brushing and regular flossing can help maintain the health of the natural teeth and gums surrounding your dental implants.
To find out how dental implants can transform your smile and your life, call or send us a message to request an appointment at one of our seven convenient offices.