Tooth loss may be one of the most common adult oral health problems, but that doesn’t make it feel any less personal when it happens to you — empty spaces in your mouth can have far-reaching effects on your ability to chew normally, speak clearly, and smile with confidence.
Among several effective restorative options for missing teeth, only dental implants are regarded as the gold-standard solution. That’s because, unlike dentures and bridges, implants aren’t just replacement teeth — they’re also replacement tooth roots.
As oral health experts who specialize in restorative dentistry, the team at Smiles in Springfield in Springfield, Virginia, knows that when it comes to replacing lost teeth, nothing beats dental implants. Here’s how they can help you love your smile again.
Just as dentures and bridges are considered artificial replacement teeth, dental implants are artificial replacement roots that are fitted, or finished, with permanent artificial teeth (crowns).
More specifically, dental implants are bionic, custom-sized tooth roots made of high-grade, biocompatible titanium. When they’re surgically placed in your jaw, implants fuse with the surrounding bone tissue and become exceptionally stable.
Once your bone and gum tissues have healed following implantation surgery, the stabilized prosthetic root is capped with a porcelain crown that fits your bite and blends in with your natural teeth perfectly.
Implants are the preferred dental restoration among professionals and patients alike: Not only do they look, feel, and function just like natural teeth, but they also help protect and preserve long-term oral health.
Dental implants offer several key advantages over other restoration options:
Much like a real tooth root, dental implants form a strong bond with surrounding jawbone tissue. This simple and enduring fusion makes implants just as strong and stable as healthy natural teeth.
Because they’re so strong and stable, implants offer the same full degree of functionality and bite force as natural teeth. This means you can eat all of your favorite foods without having to worry about how they might affect your restorations.
And unlike dentures, dental implants will never slip out of place or click when you eat or talk.
While all dental restorations are custom-made to fit your mouth, match your bite, and blend in with your remaining teeth, no dental restoration fits better or looks more natural than implants.
Unlike dentures and bridges, dental implants don’t sit on top of your gums or use other teeth for support. Instead, they’re anchored into your jaw just like a real tooth and finished with a permanent fixed crown that stays put, just like a real tooth.
In fact, implants look so natural that no one can tell they’re not your real teeth.
Tooth loss doesn’t just affect your smile — it also impacts your oral health. Often, neighboring teeth shift toward the empty space, causing bite misalignments and uneven wear; at the same time, the jawbone beneath the empty space begins to decline and shrink away.
While all dental restorations help keep your remaining teeth in place and preserve proper bite alignment, implants are the only restoration that stimulates the continued growth and renewal of underlying bone tissue. A healthy jawbone is an important part of your facial structure.
Given that they look, feel, and function just like real teeth, it’s not surprising that implants are just as easy to take care of as natural teeth — simply brush twice a day and floss thoroughly to keep your gums healthy and prevent plaque buildup.
Implants are an incredibly versatile dental restoration that can address almost any problem related to lost teeth — whether you’re missing one tooth, a few teeth, or an entire arch of teeth, implants can help you restore your smile and your oral health.
If you’re ready to fill the gaps in your smile, the team at Smiles in Springfield can help. Call 703-634-4239 to schedule a consultation with one of our implant specialists today.