There are millions of adults struggling with tooth loss, and it can be painful, embarrassing, and make one feel unattractive. On top of all that, tooth loss can cause difficulty eating and other issues for dental patients. One potential solution for tooth loss is oral surgery for dental implants. Dental implants can help resolve the aforementioned problems that stem from tooth loss, and restore your confidence too. As opposed to the alternatives of dentures and bridges, dental implants provide a lasting, more permanent solution to missing teeth.
Dental implants have advanced over the years, becoming a preferred tooth replacement approach for both oral surgeons and patients alike. Each implant consists of a small titanium post that sits below the gum line, and is attached to a crown. From their natural appearance and ease of care to their lifetime durability, dental implants offer an ideal solution for tooth loss in many cases.
Aesthetics– Natural Appearance
Similar to natural teeth, dental implants are secured to the jawbone. Over a period of months after being inserted, the implant becomes fused to the bone. This fusion provides for a natural look and feel, allowing you to eat and talk without any worry of slipping or shifting, as the implant looks and performs just like real teeth.
Durability– Lasting Appeal
Unlike bridges or dentures, dental implants do not need to be replaced over time if they are well maintained. This means dental implants offer the best long-term value for tooth loss. The ceramic used to fashion implants is extremely durable, in many cases lasting more than 25 years.
Ease of Care
Dental implants should be cared for just like natural teeth. Brushing and flossing regularly will help to maintain dental implants, and ensure their success. Unlike dentures, they don’t have to be removed at night. Dental implants will not decay, nor will you have to be concerned with needing fillings, but the surrounding gums are still susceptible to gum disease. Even with implants, it is important to visit your dentist regularly for dental exams and cleanings.
Bone Loss Prevention
Choosing to address tooth loss with dental implants can also help patients avoid bone loss that inevitably follows tooth loss when left untreated. Along with tooth loss comes bone loss. When a tooth is lost, the bone below begins to resorb. The reason for this is simple. Bone mass is made up of living tissue, and needs stimulation to remain healthy. Teeth stimulate the jawbone, and help to keep that bone healthy. Dental implants help to prevent bone loss by fusing and stabilizing the jawbone.
A Safe Treatment Option
Unlike other methods of tooth replacement, dental implants will not weaken surrounding teeth. In fact, opting for dental implants can actually result in a decreased risk of decay for surrounding teeth.
If you have experienced tooth loss and are considering dental implants, the oral surgeons at Ocoee Oral Surgery can help. Let our team create for you a lasting, healthy smile you can feel great about. Contact us today to get started!