A dental implant serves to replace a missing tooth. The titanium post is surgically implanted into your jawbone at the site of the missing tooth, and it serves as a stable foundation for a dental crown, which is the visible part of the restoration. Nothing looks, feels, and functions more like your natural teeth than dental implants. But, this may leave you wondering if dental implants in Orange City are the best option for your missing teeth? Dr. Terry Soule is discussing the many advantages of dental implants, and when they are the best choice for patients.
Maintain Facial Appearance
When teeth are extracted and not replaced, the face begins to have a sunken in appearance, which can lead to early signs of aging. Dental implants help maintain a youthful appearance by filling in the missing space of your lost teeth and providing support to your cheeks and mouth.
Maintain Straighter Teeth
Teeth like their neighbors. Once a tooth is exacted, the neighboring teeth slowly begin to drift out of place. This often results in crooked teeth or a misaligned bite. Dental implants, however, can prevent this from occurring. Since a dental implant replaces the entire missing tooth, it helps you maintain straighter teeth, or as straight as they were before, without causing an uneven bite.
An inevitable occurrence of missing teeth is the loss of jawbone. This process of resorption occurs due to a lack of stimulation from the tooth’s root. Eventually, the jawbone will shrink away, making it almost impossible for a dental implant to be placed successfully. Therefore, placing a dental implant soon after an extraction is best in maintaining a healthy level of jawbone.
Better than Dentures
We are pretty sure that wearing dentures is not something people look forward to as they age. After all, dentures tend not to fit well, cause sore spots in the mouth, and just don’t look all that natural for the most part. Dental implants, on the other hand, look natural since the dental crowns are crafted from high-quality dental porcelain that looks just like natural dental enamel. Plus, the implant posts are permanent, no shifting or slipping out of place!
Better than Bridgework
Dental bridges are often a popular choice for replacing a missing tooth due to their affordable cost upfront. However, a dental bridge may only last about a decade, which means it eventually will need to be replaced. Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper oral hygiene. Also, bridgework does nothing to provide stimulation to the jawbone, unlike dental implants.
Are dental implants right for me?
Only an assessment by implant dentist Dr. Soule can determine if this procedure is right for you. Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, but Dr. Soule will be sure to discuss the options best suited for you if this is the case. We even offer specially designed implants for current denture wearers. Ask us about this during your consultation.
Orange City Implant Dentist
To learn more about dental implants or to explore our other tooth replacement options, please call our office at (386) 775-1552 to schedule a consultation.
Terry Soule, DDS, is proud to serve patients in the areas of DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City.