Losing a permanent tooth or having one extracted can be a heartbreaking affair. Not only will an incomplete smile have an impact on your confidence, but it will also affect how you eat and speak. Dental implants are advanced devices that allow our team to quickly and permanently restore a patient’s smile. If you or a loved one has recently lost a permanent tooth, then it might be time to take a fresh look at the benefits of dental implants.
The Dangers of an Incomplete Smile
Tooth loss is a much bigger problem than most people realize. In addition to helping us eat and speak comfortably, our teeth also stimulate our gums and jaws. When a tooth is not replaced, the nearby soft tissue and bone will become weaker. Over the course of a few years, a missing tooth can cause a wide variety of secondary issues such as weakened bones, facial deformations, malocclusion, and gum disease. Removable devices such as dentures will restore the appearance of patient’s smile, but they do nothing to stimulate the gums and jaws.
A Look at Dental Implants
A dental implant is made from three key components. The most important component is a small titanium rod that is situated where the missing tooth used to be. Once the cylinder has settled, it will form a powerful bond with the bone in a process known as osseointegration. This process generally takes around three or four months to complete. After the bond has formed, our team can then affix a small device known as an abutment to the rod. The abutment acts as a saddle for the custom crown that is specially designed to look and feel just like a natural tooth.
Fixed Bridges and Dentures
Those who have lost multiple teeth can have a series of titanium rods implanted into their jaws. The process is similar to having a single implant put in place. Some patients who have multiple implants put in place on the same day must be fully sedated for this procedure as well. The series of titanium rods can then be used as a sturdy foundation for bridges or dentures.
The Many Benefits of Dental Implants
Most patients claim that they completely forget about their dental implants after they have fully recovered. These devices look and feel just like natural teeth, and you can even care for them like the rest of your teeth. Unlike removable bridges and dentures, your implants do not need to be taken out every day to be cleaned. Your implants could also last for the rest of your life if they are cared for properly. These are just a few of the benefits of dental implants. Once the titanium cylinder has settled, it should be just as strong as the roots of your other teeth. Some crowns must be replaced every few decades, but that process can easily be done in a single trip to our office.
If you are considering getting dental implants to enhance your smile, visit the office of Dr. Michael Sohl. Dr. Sohl specializes in dental implants and gladly serves patients in the Stuart and surrounding areas with comprehensive cosmetic dentistry. To learn more about the benefits of dental implants, schedule a consultation with us today!