Dental implants are the best option for treating tooth loss, no matter the cause. A dental implant consists of a screw made from titanium inserted into the bone where the missing tooth is, with a dental crown or dental cap on top. The screw acts as the tooth’s root, and the dental crown acts as the enamel and dentin, looking and functioning as close to a natural tooth as possible. Listed below are four benefits of dental implants.
May Be Used For Multiple Missing Teeth
Depending on your needs, a dental implant can replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth and even an entire arch of missing teeth. In other words, implants can be used on their own or in conjunction with dental bridges and dentures to create the smile of your dreams. When used with dental bridges and dentures to replace multiple missing teeth, the prosthetics will be fixed to the implants, meaning no need to worry about removing them nightly and cleaning them. In the case of an implant-supported denture, several implants will be placed along the arch, and the denture will be created to clip into the implants. If you have 16 missing teeth (all your top or bottom teeth), you may only need 4-6 implants to support the denture.
Dental Implants Are Easy to Clean
Implants do not get cavities like natural teeth, are less prone to plaque buildup and gum disease, and are easy to clean. Be sure to brush and floss your dental implants just like your natural teeth, as well as use an anti-bacterial mouthwash daily. For implant bridges and dentures, use a water flosser or floss threader to clean underneath the fixed appliances. No messy denture cleaner is needed.
Dental Implants Can Last A Lifetime
If implants are well cared for, they can last a lifetime. This is not the case for other tooth replacement options, such as dental bridges and dentures, which wear with time and eventually require replacement. Be sure to maintain optimal oral hygiene with proper brushing and flossing, and visit your dentist routinely for checkups and dental cleanings so your implants can be inspected. X-rays will be periodically required to assess.
Dental Implants Functions Just Like A Natural Tooth
A dental implant is the best way to restore function and ideal aesthetics. It is the only tooth replacement option that looks and feels just like a natural tooth. With the help of dental implants, you can create the smile of your dreams as you and your dentist can select the ideal shade, shape and size for the implant crowns.
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