Every year, more than 2 million implants are placed in women and men seeking a comfortable, secure, beautiful solution to missing teeth. In fact, while dentures and bridges are still popular, implants are quickly becoming the treatment of choice for smile restoration following tooth loss.
Timothy Tomase, DDS, is a leading provider of state-of-the-art dental implants using the most advanced techniques for smile restoration in patients at Tomase Dental Care in Toledo, Ohio. If you’re considering dental implants, here are four benefits you should know about.
A dental implant is designed like a natural tooth, with a post that serves as an artificial root attached to a crown (or artificial tooth). This design means that once they’re in place, your implants will look, feel, and work like your natural teeth.
It’s true that dentures and bridges are also good options for replacing missing teeth. But because their structure is more natural, implants can be much more comfortable and much easier to get used to. Plus, they don’t require any special care — just regular brushing and flossing and twice-yearly professional cleanings, just like your natural teeth.
Unlike dentures that rest on top of your gums and bridges that are attached to the teeth on either side, implants are secured by that titanium post (or artificial root). The post is embedded into your jawbone, then allowed to fuse with the bone for several weeks before the crown is attached.
With implants, there’s no risk of the embarrassing slippage that can happen with dentures, and no risk of having food get caught in your crown. Plus, the implant’s crown is smooth like your natural teeth, so you don’t have to worry about sore spots, either.
Your jawbone serves a vital role in your oral health, holding your tooth roots in place. To stay strong, your jawbone is continually renewing itself, replacing old, damaged bone tissue with new, healthy tissue.
That bone replacement cycle depends on stimulation by your tooth roots. Once a tooth is missing, that stimulation is gone, and the bone in that area begins to weaken. Over time, that can lead to additional tooth loss and a sunken, aged appearance.
Dental implants use titanium posts to secure the tooth-like crown. Those posts also act like artificial tooth roots, providing the stimulation needed to continue the normal bone replacement cycle, reducing both bone loss and future tooth loss while preserving the normal contours of your face.
Finally, dental implants provide a big boost to your self-confidence. Because they’re designed to look, feel, and function like your own, natural teeth, they also help women and men feel more confident and attractive following tooth loss. And, because they’re so secure, they can help you feel completely at ease in all sorts of professional and social settings.
Dental implants are an investment in your oral health and your quality of life. And, with proper care, your new implants can last a lifetime. To find out if implants are a good choice for you, call 419-670-6537 or book an appointment online at Tomase Dental Care today.