If you need to replace missing teeth, dental implants are the most effective, attractive and natural-looking substitutes.
The structure of your natural teeth features a root and crown. The root lies below the gumline, working within the underlying bone structure to hold the tooth firmly in place. The portion of the tooth you can see is called the crown, and it performs all the functions you count on for biting, chewing and facilitating speech.
Dental implants are the first type of restoration to use the same type of structure as your natural teeth, complete with that all-important root, which is the secret to a functional — and natural-looking — permanent restoration.
Tooth Restoration Is Crucial for Your Health and Well-Being
Your oral health is critical to your overall health. Not only can missing teeth negatively affect your appearance and speech, but they also compromise your enjoyment of and ability to eat food and — ultimately — your nutrition.
Even more important, however, is the preservation of the underlying bone structure of your jaw.
When teeth are missing, the area of your jawbone that held them begins to disintegrate. In fact, you can lose more than a quarter of the bone below the missing tooth within the first year.
Dental Implants Offer Many Advantages over Traditional Restorations
Not terribly long ago, missing teeth were routinely replaced with bridges and full or partial dentures. And although these options were the best that were available at the time, they have rapidly become the least desirable today.
Both dentures and bridges rest on top of the bony ridges of the jaw. Without the stimulation that dental implant roots provide, bone loss is inevitable and continues year after year, causing dentures to become ill-fitting and uncomfortable. Denture wearers’ faces take on sunken appearance, and both speaking and eating become more difficult.
When you opt for dental implants, however, you avoid these significant challenges that can degrade your health, appearance and enjoyment of life.
How Dental Implants Work to Restore Your Beautiful, Healthy Smile
Space-age technology has given us a way to permanently and securely replace one or more missing teeth by implanting titanium posts where a tooth’s root would normally be. The doctor attaches a temporary restoration (crown) the same day the implant is put in, and this will blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.
Once the post becomes established in the jaw, a permanent crown is attached and voila!
Your implant will both look and function exactly like your natural tooth. This means you can eat whatever you like without fear of damaging the tooth.
And perhaps best of all, no special care is required. Simply brush and floss as normal, and visit the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
Kokomo Implant and Oral Surgery is Indiana’s leading expert in dental implant technology. Contact our Kokomo office today to schedule your appointment with our experienced oral surgeons.
We can’t wait to show you how dental implants can change your life!