Tooth loss can negatively affect your quality of life. Missing teeth can damage your self-esteem, speech, appearance, chewing ability, and nutrition. Dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants are all viable options to replace lost teeth. However, with today’s advanced dental technology, implants are the preferred method of restoring Phoenix smiles. They are extremely effective in restoring functionality and improving the esthetics of the results.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. The titanium fuses solidly with the jawbone and provides a permanent foundation to support a replacement tooth. Over 800,000 people worldwide have received dental implants since 1965, when the first modern style implant was placed. The discovery that bone would integrate with titanium was made in the early 1950s, and was followed by more than a decade of research and development to perfect the technique and materials.
Protect your bone and prevent facial collapse
When teeth are lost, the loss of bone mass in your jaw begins immediately. If the loss is not halted, the contours of your face are changed, which can cause sunken cheeks, drooping muscles, thin lips, and jowls. Dental implants can stop and even reverse the bone loss by providing the same stimulation to the bone that the natural tooth root did.
Improved quality of life
- Speech – When missing teeth are replaced with a removable denture, the appliance can slip or slide in the mouth, so the patient tends to tense the facial muscles to stabilize it. This frequently results in clicking noises, slurred speech and mumbling. Implants allow clear speech, relaxed muscles, and confidence. When an implant is used to replace a single tooth, or several implants replace a few missing teeth, the tongue can meet the back of the restorations the same as it does natural teeth to pronounce the sounds necessary for clear speech.
- Convenience – Once completed, dental implant restorations act the same as natural teeth, and do not require special care or messy adhesives.
- Eating – A patient’s chewing efficiency with dental implants is comparable to that of natural teeth.
Dental implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth do. If you are missing teeth and want the ultimate restorations, dental implants may be the perfect for you. Dr. Sameet Koppikar and the team at Biltmore dental Center keep Phoenix smiling, and they keep you smiling too. Call (602) 954-8200 to schedule an appointment today.