Whether you’ve lost teeth to severe decay, advanced gum disease, or injury, chances are the empty spaces in your mouth make you feel self-conscious about your smile and less confident in social situations.
Finding a way to replace them isn’t just a matter of aesthetics, though; missing teeth boost your risk of developing serious oral health problems like jawbone loss, bite misalignment, tooth decay, and gum disease.
To solve all of these problems at once, the experienced team of restorative dentists at Smiles in Springfield recommends custom dental implants. Here’s what makes implants the restoration of choice for dentists and patients alike.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from biocompatible titanium. Just like a real tooth root, these permanent restorations are firmly anchored into your jawbone for maximal stability. Then, they’re capped with a porcelain crown, or artificial tooth, that fits your bite and blends in perfectly with your natural teeth.
Because the implant fuses to your jawbone as the surrounding tissues heal, the restoration is incredibly durable. In fact, you can expect your implants to be just as strong — or stronger — than your natural teeth.
As prostheses that are securely bonded to your jawbone, implants essentially become part of your mouth, in much the same way an artificial joint would become part of your body if you had a joint replacement. This means they replace lost teeth in every sense, including functionality — you can expect your implants to work as well (or better) than your natural teeth.
Implants help preserve normal bite force, so you can eat your favorite foods without worrying how they might affect your dental work. And because they can’t inadvertently slip out of place like removable dentures, implants ensure clear speech every time you speak.
Missing teeth don’t just alter your appearance, they also bolster your oral health in a variety of profound ways.
Empty spaces in your mouth can cause your remaining teeth to shift, creating misalignments that place uneven stress on your teeth and increase your risk of excessive wear and decay. Empty spaces can also prompt the kind of progressive bone loss that eventually changes the shape of your jaw and alters the appearance of your face.
Dental implants are the only restorative solution that prevents all of these problems. On top of keeping your natural teeth in place and maintaining proper bite alignment, implants stimulate the underlying jawbone so that it stays healthy and continues to grow normally. They also help protect against abnormal wear and tear, too.
While all dental restorations are custom-made just for you, implants take the art of restoration to a whole new level. Designed to fill gaps and fit your bite to perfection, implants blend in with your natural teeth flawlessly.
Implants look so much like real teeth, in fact, that no one will be able to tell you’ve got them. By matching the size and shape of your missing tooth and choosing the same shade of white as your natural teeth, implants aim to restore your smile as beautifully and naturally as possible.
As the only permanent dental restoration designed to look, feel, and function exactly like real teeth, dental implants are comfortable and convenient — once the implant is fully healed and fused to your jawbone, it won’t feel any different than your natural teeth.
And unlike removable dentures, implants don’t require special precautions or extra care to keep them in good shape; simply brush and floss as you normally would to keep your gums healthy and your natural teeth cavity-free.
To find out how dental implants can transform your smile and your life, call our Springfield, Virginia, office today at 703-634-4239, or request an appointment online with one of our implant specialists any time. You can also send a message to our team here on our website.