People are living longer than ever. While regular brushing, flossing, and checkups at Vanguard Dental allow many of our patients to maintain our natural smiles for a lifetime, sometimes teeth just can’t keep up with daily wear and tear. If you’ve lost a tooth (or a few teeth) due to injury or disease, you can rejuvenate both your smile and your oral health with dental implants provided by Dr. Achury and Dr Puerta.
An implant is a synthetic tooth root that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The “root” is usually made of titanium, a metal well-suited to pairing with human bone. Affixed to the titanium post is a replacement tooth, which blends seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. This tooth can be either permanently attached to the post or removable; permanently attached teeth generally feel more natural and stable.
Implants are versatile, and can be used to restore your smile whether you’re missing one tooth or several teeth. If you are missing only one tooth, one implant plus a replacement tooth will return the ideal function of your teeth and improve your smile aesthetics. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge. Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, an implant-supported denture may be your best option.
Advantages of Implants over Traditional Dentures or Bridges
- The instability of conventional bridges and dentures can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence.
- Implants not only look more natural, but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force.
- Implants don’t compromise the health of your natural teeth since they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support.
- Implants will typically last a lifetime if they’re cared for properly, while bridges usually only last ten years.
- Implants help minimize bone loss associated with dentures or partial dentures.
Dental implants require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same amount of regular checkups as your natural teeth. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your implants, the longer they will last.
If you are a non-smoker who has good oral health, including a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw and healthy gums with no sign of gum disease, you could be a great candidate for dental implants. To find out more, contact Dr. Achury and Dr. Puerta at our dental office!