Missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious whenever you smile for a picture, eat out at a restaurant or just conversing with people every day. There are ways to replace missing teeth with dentures and retainers, but this is not a permanent solution. While dentures and retainers can give the appearance of a full smile, they can become difficult to manage when eating certain foods or cause embarrassing moments if they slip out. The only method to permanently replace a missing tooth is with a dental implant.
What are Dental Implants
Dental implants are a base that will hold an artificial tooth and fill in the space of your original tooth. The implant is surgically anchored into your jaw bone to support the single artificial tooth, bridge or full denture. The implants are made from titanium and ceramic to allow for the bone to fuse with the implant to ensure that it is secure. Some methods allow for the implant to be placed on top of the jaw bone for patients who have poor bone extent, but this is far less common.
Dental Implants vs Traditional Dentures
Dental implants are quickly becoming a more popular method of teeth replacement over traditional dentures for many reasons. The first being the permanence of the tooth. The implants do not need to be removed when eating or at night before bed. You can clean and maintain the implants the same way you maintain your other teeth, meaning there is no special treatments needed. Because the implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support, there is no risk of damaging other tooth structures.
Unlike with traditional dentures, there are no restrictions when it comes to your diet. You will not have to worry about securing your dentures in your mouth or not being able to eat certain foods. Because the implants are anchored into your mouth, you will not have any embarrassing moments of them slipping out when talking to somebody.
Smiles of Bellevue are the leading providers of cosmetic dentistry in the Bellevue, Washington area. Don’t live with embarrassing, hard-to-manage dentures and find a permanent solution to the problem with dental implants today.