With good dental care, you may be able to keep your natural teeth your entire life. But, if you’re missing a tooth, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that more than 170 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, while 40 million are missing all of them. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some sense of security when it comes to your teeth?
At our office, Nataly Vilderman, DDS, we don’t want you to worry about your teeth or your smile, so we offer dental implants as a replacement option for missing teeth. Unlike dentures or a bridge, dental implants are permanent fixtures in your mouth and are designed to last your lifetime.
Because they’re so durable, the success rate of dental implants is as high as 98%. With statistics like that, you can feel confident when you choose dental implants as the way to replace your missing teeth. And in addition to their long-term success rate, dental implants offer benefits beyond helping you keep your beautiful smile. They’re better for your bones, your other teeth, and your confidence. Here are the details.
When you lose a tooth, you may only be thinking about the effects it has on your smile and how it may make eating more difficult. But loosing a tooth does more than change your appearance and chewing ability -- it also affects your jawbone.
Your natural teeth keep your jawbone strong and healthy because the constant force your teeth place on the bone when you chew stimulates bone production and strength. When you lose a tooth, your bone no longer gets that stimulation, and it starts to weaken and deteriorate in the area where the missing tooth’s root used to be.
Dental implants act much like your natural tooth. The post we use is placed down into the jawbone where the tooth root was, and the bone actually grows around it. So the implant provides the same kind of support and stimulation as your natural tooth, which may help prevent any breakdown of your bone tissue.
If you’re only missing one tooth, you may think it’s not a big a deal and not worry about a replacement like dental implants. But when you lose one tooth, your other teeth may shift or loosen, which may lead to more tooth loss. You don’t have that problem with dental implants though. Dental implants may help prevent further tooth loss by keeping your other teeth firmly in place, which is one reason they’re considered so successful over the long term.
Plus, with dental implants there’s no need to alter your healthy teeth like you would for other dental prosthetics, such as a bridge. A bridge requires an anchor to secure the replacement tooth on one side or both sides. That means a neighboring tooth is filed down to place a crown over it so it can hold the bridge securely. Healthy teeth near an implant aren’t changed in any way, making the dental implant a better choice for the overall health of your natural teeth.
Dental implants are permanently placed in your mouth. Your post is securely anchored into your jawbone so it won’t come out. You can eat, smile, laugh, socialize, and do all the things you love to do without having to worry about your smile or your teeth.
Plus, we make sure the prosthetic tooth that we place on your dental implant post closely resembles your natural teeth, so no one will know the difference.
Dental implants are meant to last a lifetime, and with good at-home dental care and regular checkups and cleanings at our office, they will. We recommend you treat your dental implants the same way you treat your natural teeth:
If you’d like to know more about dental implants and how they can improve your smile, call the office or use the online booking button to schedule a consultation.