Missing teeth do more than compromise the appearance of your smile, they compromise your oral and overall health as well. Thankfully, modern dental technology has created several methods of replacing missing teeth so you never have to experience the insecurity and physical issues that come with an incomplete smile.
No restorative dental option is as highly recommended as dental implants. This small, screw-like device can transform your smile and restore your mouth to health and function. Though not all patients are suitable candidates, most are! In those cases, our Denver dentists will recommend dental implants for these five reasons:
1. Implants promote jawbone regrowth.
Here’s a little fun fact for you: the tooth roots are responsible for strengthening the jawbone. This means that when a tooth goes missing, the jawbone becomes weak in that area and begins to deteriorate. This leads to facial atrophy that makes a person appear older (no one wants that!).
Dental implants solve this issue because the implant takes the place of the tooth root and restimulates that jawbone. This actually encourages the jawbone to regrow and undo any damage that the missing tooth may have caused.
2. Dental implants are a permanent solution.
Dental bridges and dentures often need to be replaced after a few years. This is not the case with implants. Although the process of receiving dental implants may be longer, most patients will never need to have them replaced. This is largely due to the fact that the implant is biocompatible and becomes one with the jawbone.
3. Implants are versatile.
A person with a single missing tooth can receive a dental implant and a person who is missing all of their teeth can receive dental implants. These implants can connect to a single dental crown, dental bridge, or full denture. In every case, the dentist is precise and careful with the placement, and in every case, the dental implant is more beneficial than other restorative options.
It’s important to note that when dental implants are used in conjunction with bridges or dentures, fewer implants are needed to hold the restoration in place. For instance, your dentist may only need four implants to hold an entire denture to the top of the mouth.
4. Dental implants are safe and successful.
Biocompatibility is a major component in the success and safety of implants. Patients must also choose their dentist wisely. A dentist with years of experience is essential to a smooth placement process and successful outcomes. Experienced dentists are able to quickly rule out patients who are not candidates for this procedure and avoid many risks throughout the process.
Our practice offers even more than that by having several dental experts and a board-certified periodontist on our team.
5. Implants are easy to care for.
Once the process is complete and the patient’s mouth has healed, the patient can resume a regular oral hygiene routine. This should include brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting the dentist every six months.
The new dental implants do not require special care, but the patient should maintain proper oral hygiene to reduce their risk of further tooth loss.
Dental Implants in Denver
Ready to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants? Our team of experts at Metropolitan Dental Care is prepared to help you achieve a fully restored, beautiful smile. Contact us today (303) 534-2626 to schedule your initial consultation.