Everyone wants a bright, confident smile. But sometimes damaged or missing teeth can make your smile look less than perfect. Whether you’ve lost a tooth due to injury, decay, or something else, your smile might be a source of embarrassment instead of confidence. Missing teeth can also impact your oral health and overall well-being.
Your jaw, gums, and teeth work together to help you chew and talk. When one or more teeth is missing or damaged, your gums and bone suffer. Teeth that aren’t replaced interfere with your mouth’s ability to function properly, your gums recede, and your jawbone deteriorates. Teeth shift and weaken due to weaker gums and bone, putting your whole smile at risk.
Dentures may act as temporary teeth, but they can be uncomfortable and frustrating. To secure dentures, adjacent teeth might need alterations that can weaken them. Dentures can be difficult to clean and embarrassing when they shift as you talk or eat.
Dental implants are a safe and popular solution to improve your smile and your health long-term. Permanently inserted into your jawbone, implants look and function just like natural teeth. At her office in San Francisco, Nataly Vilderman, DDS, is an expert in repairing smiles with dental implants.
Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. When you get an implant, Dr. Vilderman surgically inserts a titanium rod into your jawbone. As your body heals, it forms bone around the rod and secures it in your mouth like a natural tooth root.
Once the rod is secure, Dr. Vilderman fits an artificial tooth on top. She works with you to select the best size, shape, and color for the artificial tooth, so it matches your natural teeth and enhances the look of your smile. The implant fills the gap left by a lost tooth and helps your mouth function normally again.
The benefits of implants include:
Dental implants are permanent, replacing the lost tooth and encouraging healthy gum and bone growth. You don’t suffer bone loss because your jawbone grows around the insert, and your gums and surrounding teeth can function normally.
With dental implants, your adjacent teeth aren’t altered to support the implant, which helps keep them strong and healthy. Implants don’t shift when you’re speaking or chewing like dentures can, making implants comfortable to live with every day.
You care for your implants by following regular oral hygiene practices, like brushing your teeth and flossing twice per day. Implants help keep your teeth from shifting over time and make brushing and flossing between your teeth easy.
Missing teeth can change your appearance and make your face look sunken or hollow because your teeth aren’t filling out your mouth.
Dental implants have the power to improve your appearance and give you more confidence. Implants are fixed in your jawbone and they look like natural teeth, so no one will know that you ever had missing teeth.
With implants, you can talk freely and enjoy your favorite foods. Implants allow you to live your life without worrying about discomfort or embarrassment when it comes to your smile. They’re convenient and easy to care for, helping keep your teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong.
Dental implants help keep your mouth healthy by replacing missing teeth and encouraging proper gum and bone interaction. They closely resemble natural teeth, completing your smile and boosting your self-esteem. If you have missing teeth, it’s time to learn more about the benefits of dental implants. Call our office or book your first appointment online today.