If you’re one of the 52% of American adults who’ve lost at least one tooth, you may feel self-conscious, and unsure of your next steps. Some who lose a tooth or teeth have experience with a bridge or dentures. But if you want a replacement that looks and feels natural, plus puts healthy stress on your jawbone to keep it strong, there’s only one answer: dental implants.
You may have been avoiding dental implants because they must be surgically placed, are more expensive than dentures or bridges, or you’re afraid they won’t look like your real teeth. But implants have benefits that extend far beyond simply addressing the cosmetic issue of missing teeth. George Kontoveros, DMD, and Anthony Klobas, DMD, are our experts at 2K Dental in Parma and Akron, OH. Our doctors and our welcoming team of professionals recommend dental implants to restore your smile, enhance your confidence, optimize your lifestyle, and increase your oral health.
Here’s how dental implants can benefit you:
Dental implants look like your real teeth.
Because dental implants are custom designed to match your tooth shape and color, they look like your natural teeth. Even when someone is close to you, they won’t be able to distinguish your implants from your actual teeth. You’ll feel the confidence of your brilliant, full smile again.
Dental implants don’t slip, meaning that you are protected from embarrassing accidents.
Dental implants don’t just look like real teeth on the crown (top part) of your teeth; the implant itself extends into your gum and jawbone, just like a natural tooth root. The titanium posts that act as artificial roots anchor your new tooth in position permanently. Your implants won’t slip or slide, as dentures can.
You can eat your favorite foods.
If you’ve had dentures, or know someone else who has them, you’re probably aware that eating with dentures can be difficult. Taking a bite of a hard apple or carrot, or eating something chewy, might cause your dentures to slip out of place.
Because dental implants act like real teeth, you can eat whatever you would normally eat with natural teeth. Just be sure to brush after meals, as usual.
You can’t take them out.
You must remove dentures and some bridges before you can thoroughly clean them. Additionally, dentures must be soaked overnight in a special solution.
In contrast, you treat dental implants just as if they were your own teeth. You brush and floss your implants at the same time and in the same way that you do your natural teeth. Don’t forget to visit us here at 2K Dental for your semi-annual professional cleaning.
You don’t have to worry about bone loss.
Each dental implant stresses your jawbone in the same manner that a natural tooth does. This natural, functional stress reminds your jawbone to keep creating healthy new bone cells. Dentures and other teeth replacements can’t put the same degree of stress on your jawbone, which leads to bone atrophy over time.
You don’t have to worry about your other teeth.
Dental implants also have the advantage of completely taking the place of your missing tooth. Their stability also extends to your other teeth, which are kept in proper alignment thanks to the implant.
You can use implants to anchor bridges and dentures.
If you aren’t ready to replace all of your missing teeth with dental implants, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their benefits. Your specialist can create more secure dental bridges and dentures with two or more strategically placed dental implants.
To find out if you’re a candidate for beautiful, natural, and healthy tooth replacement with dental implants, call 2K Dental today, or use the online form.