Dental implants are a good choice to replace missing teeth because they allow Dr. Kuipers to replace both the tooth and its roots. The implant post holds your replacement teeth securely in place so you don’t have to worry about the possibility of your dental restorations slipping out of your mouth. It’s important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible so your remaining teeth don’t shift and cause a problem with alignment.
Implants also help to support dentures, crowns, and bridges. Your smile looks completely natural once your new dental implants are in place. They also make it easier for you to speak clearly and chew your food. Yet another benefit of dental implants is that they help to prevent bone loss that can occur after the loss of a tooth.
Choosing Permanent Dental Implants Over Removable Dentures
Dental implants have become an increasingly popular option for replacing missing teeth over the past several years. While removable dentures replace missing teeth, some patients find them problematic to wear. Some reasons for this include the need to avoid certain type of foods for fear or breaking the dentures, removing them at night to clean them, and a poor fit. If you’re interested in dental implants, the first step is for Dr. Kuipers to perform an exam and let you know if you’re a good candidate.
The crown of a tooth is the part covered by white enamel that you can see. The root lies deep within your jawbone and supports the crown. A dental implant replaces the missing root when you lose a tooth. Dr. Kuipers attaches a titanium post to your jawbone that serves as an anchor for your new tooth.
Titanium is an ideal material for dental implants because it fuses directly to your jawbone. This process can take up to several months. Once it’s complete, your artificial tooth roots will have merged completely with the remaining bone in your jaw.
Dental Implant Options
You receive a single implant when you’re only missing one tooth and a fixed implant when you’re missing several teeth in a row. Full implants replace all of your natural teeth on the top and bottom jaws.
Besides an improved appearance, many patients report greater comfort when they upgrade from removable dentures. You care for your new teeth in the same manner as your natural teeth. They should last for the remainder of your life as long as you take good care of them.