An Attractive Replacement
Dental implants are a tooth replacement option so close to your natural teeth in appearance that they are indistinguishable from natural teeth. There are no wires or clasps as there are with partial dentures, and no artificial gum tissue surrounding your dental implants. Instead, natural gum tissue grows up around dental implants the way it grows up around your natural teeth.
If dental implants are properly designed and placed, no one will be able to identify dental implants. All they’ll see is your beautiful smile.
Dental implants are anchored directly in the bone. They support themselves using the bone, similar to the way your natural teeth do. They don’t rely on your natural teeth for support.
Partial dentures and dental bridges are supported by your natural teeth. A removable partial denture is typically secured to your natural teeth using hooks and clasps, which can cause wear on your natural teeth and may allow oral bacteria to collect in these places, leading to additional decay.
Although dental crowns are good restorations for damaged teeth, removing healthy tooth structure is never optimal. When a healthy tooth is used to support a dental bridge, the removal of natural enamel and dentin can weaken it. When we then ask two weakened teeth to do the work of three or more teeth, the odds that those teeth will fail increases.
Supporting Facial Structure
Dental implants not only support themselves, they’re capable of supporting your entire facial structure. Just like natural teeth, dental implants are capable of holding your jaw in an optimal bite position to help maintain jaw health and avoid TMJ.
In addition, dental implants keep your body from removing bone from your jaw. When your teeth are lost, your body thinks that the jaw bone that used to support teeth is no longer needed, and it begins to remove it. As the bone is removed from the jaw, the facial tissue can shrink, causing you to look much older than your natural age.
Dental implants can help The Fountain of Youth Denture® rejuvenate your facial appearance.
A Fully Functional Restoration
Because dental implants support themselves like your natural teeth, they are also capable of functioning just like natural teeth. You can continue to eat all your favorite foods. You can talk normally and naturally. And your smile will be as beautiful as ever.
Replacements for Life
Dental implants can fail, and when they do, it’s usually during the first year. But once dental implants have become integrated into the jawbone, there’s no reason to think that they won’t last the rest of your natural life, though the dental crown may have to be replaced.
Studies show that most dental implants have no trouble lasting 10 or 20 years, and one man has had them for nearly 50 years. With proper care and maintenance, your dental implants will likely last a comparable time.
Dental implants are vulnerable to gum disease, but they are immune to cavities and won’t be eroded by acids in food or your stomach. They are also highly stain resistant.
With all these benefits, it’s no wonder that dental implants continue to become more popular all the time. To learn how dental implants can benefit you, please call (912) 234-8282 or email Beyond Exceptional Dentistry in Savannah for an appointment.