Make Your Smile New Again With Dental Implants
Teeth can be lost for many reasons and not always due to decay or age. People at any age can lose teeth to breakage or some form of trauma that results in the tooth being broken or knocked right out. Often, the teeth knocked out are at the front, meaning that the gap is visible when you smile. However, losing a tooth doesn’t have to ruin your smile, nor is it necessary to settle for a bridge or partial denture to replace it when dental implants are an option.
The Pros of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a very good alternative to dentures or dental bridges for several reasons. First, they don’t move around as removable dentures do. Denture wearers are often conscious of the foods they can and cannot eat based on whether it will stick or pull the denture out of place. Implants are very stable because the titanium ‘root’ of the artificial tooth is fused to the bone of your jaw. It won’t go anywhere no matter what sticky foods you eat!
Secondly, implants fill the space left by a missing tooth while not affecting any of the teeth around it. Some types of dental bridges require crowns to be placed on the teeth on either side of the gap, to hold the artificial tooth in place. The anchoring teeth must first be ground down to accept the crown. Therefore, bridges are permanent but sacrifice one or more healthy teeth in order to be able to permanently place them.
Lastly, dental implants do a good job of holding remaining teeth in place, preventing shifting. This is good in the long-term for the viability of the remaining teeth, bone and the overall structure of your mouth.
Implants May Not Be For Everyone
Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for a dental implant. Your dentist will do a thorough assessment of your mouth, gums and take x-rays of your teeth and jaw to eliminate any concerns about bone loss or deterioration before making a determination. He or she should also ask you about the status of your health overall, and aks about your medical history. However, as long as your mouth and gums are healthy, and your oral care habits are good, you should expect to be given a green light for dental implants.
Don’t Slack on the Flossing
Implants have a very long lifespan and require very little maintenance. However, the fact that artificial teeth won’t decay doesn’t mean that you can get away with poor oral care habits. In fact, regular brushing, flossing and trips to the dentist for deep cleanings are still just as important to maintaining the wellbeing of implants as they are for the wellbeing of the rest of your teeth and gums and to keep that new smile beautiful for years to come.
Talk to us about dental implants as a replacement for missing teeth at Cranberry Hill Dentistry in Waterdown, Burlington, and Hamilton. Dr. Aaron Langdon and his team of professionals are committed to family dentistry and restoring your smile with cosmetic dentistry procedures including dental implants, teeth whitening, clear braces and Invisalign. Contact us at our Waterdown dental office by calling 905-689-9551 or filling out the form below.