What Is A Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a tiny titanium post that mimics a tooth root. One implant is placed in your jaw for each missing tooth, or a few to secure a denture, partial, or bridge. Your jawbone bonds with the titanium to create a strong foundation for a dental crown or prosthetic. Dental implants preserve natural jaw structure to allow faces to appear fuller and more youthful. They also prevent bone deterioration caused by missing teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The benefits of dental Implants include many cosmetic and over-all health benefits. Dr. Cranham offers his patients dental implants to give them a stable and healthy smile that will last a lifetime. They are the next best thing to natural teeth! No matter how you lost your teeth, dental implants are the most advanced solution for the replacement of missing teeth. The benefits of dental implants include:
- If you choose a dental bridge or removable dentures, your dentist will have to grind down the neighboring teeth to provide a place to attach the dental bridge. This damages and also places stress on your healthy teeth. Dental implants maintain the integrity of the surrounding teeth.
- When compared to bridges or dentures, dental implants are indistinguishable from your natural teeth. You will be able to smile without worrying about your teeth looking like they are fake.
- Dental implants are surgically implanted into your jaw bone making them a permanent restoration. They won’t slip around in your mouth or fall out when you are talking.
- People with dentures and bridges must avoid hard and sticky food. Dental implants allow you to eat a normal diet without food restrictions.
- When a tooth goes missing, that void will cause bone loss because the jaw bone requires constant stimulation. Dental implants are the only teeth replacement option that puts a stop to bone loss. The dental implant post will replace the tooth root thus stimulation the jaw bone.
- Caring for your removable dental restorations can be a tedious and time-consuming job. Bridges and dentures require extra care and sticky adhesives. Dental implants require the same care as your natural teeth, daily brushing and flossing.
- Other options for missing teeth, such as dentures, will eventually need to be replaced, relined or repaired. That cost can add up over a lifetime. When properly placed and cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have a missing tooth or several missing teeth, we offer dental implants in our Norfolk, VA and Chesapeake, VA area cosmetic dentist office. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Cranham to discuss your oral health, concerns, and budget to see if dental implants are the right choice for you.