Did you lose a tooth or teeth to tooth decay or gum disease? Or perhaps a sports injury or auto accident cost you a tooth? Dental implants can help adults of all ages restore the appearance and function of their smiles, no matter how they lost their missing teeth. Dental implants can also be used to replace damaged or lost permanent teeth for adolescents once facial growth and development has been completed — generally around age 16 for girls, and age 18 for boys.
4 Reasons to Get Dental Implants
Dental implants offer many advantages over other, more traditional tooth replacement methods such as dentures and bridges. Here are four reasons to consider dental implants brought to you by Dr. John C. Cranham, a skilled and respected dentist of Chesapeake, VA.
1. Dental Implants Function Like Natural Teeth
Dental implants are intended to look, feel, fit and function exactly as if they were your natural teeth. In fact, implants feel so comfortable and natural that many patients report forgetting they have them once the implant site is completely healed. You will be able to brush and floss your implants alongside your own natural teeth without needing to remove them for cleaning like you do with dentures. They also help you retain your natural face shape and smile by preventing jaw bone regression that can cause teeth to shift and your mouth to shrink.
2. Dental Implants Last A Lifetime
Dental implants are designed with longevity in mind. Implants that are carefully used and properly cared for can last many decades. While many other options such as dental bridges and dentures may need to be completely replaced as often as every 5 to 10 years due to wear and tear, dental implants can effectively last forever. Only the crown may need to be replaced occasionally. For the budget-conscious patient, this means that, although implants may cost more up front, you will not need to pay to replace them as often. You will also spend less time in the dentist’s office which many patients are happy about.
3. Implants Are Secure In Your Mouth
Your dental implant will be a titanium screw that is embedded in your jaw bone, so they won’t slip or click when you talk, eat or laugh like dentures can. Because of this feature, you may find that your speech is more natural and you feel more free to smile or more comfortable eating in public. Dental implants can give you a new lease on life to go with your you new tooth.
4. Implants Help Preserve and Protect Your Jawbone
Implants preserve healthy jawbone and gum tissue, protecting your healthy teeth and the stability of your bite. Allowing spaces in your mouth to stand empty after losing one or more teeth can lead to erosion of bone and gum tissue, shifting teeth and an unstable bite. Dental implants are the one tooth replacement method that addresses these issues by stimulating new bone growth due to the titanium “root” of the implant bonding with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration.
Dental Implants in Chesapeake, VA
If you have lost teeth for any reason and are interested in finding out if dental implants can help restore your teeth, Dr. John C. Cranham and his team at his office in Chesapeake are ready to help. Please call us at 757.656.4109 or schedule a consultation online today!