3 Ways Dental Implants Can Help

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Many Americans have missing teeth, and there are multiple ways to replace missing teeth. However, dental implants are growing in popularity because of their many benefits. If you would like to know more, check out these three ways dental implants can help.

1. Restore Your Smile's Appearance and Functionality                

Dental implants have a porcelain dental crown, which looks much like natural tooth tissue. The porcelain even has the light translucence that teeth have. For this reason, an implant restores the beauty of your smile. In addition, dental implants are stain-resistant, so they should look good for a long time. For many people, dental implants can boost confidence and self-esteem.

In addition, dental implants restore functionality to the teeth. When you have missing teeth, it's easy for food to get stuck, and hard or sharp food like chips may poke the tender gum tissue. Depending on the location of the missing tooth, it may even affect your speech.

2. Prevents Teeth From Shifting          

When you lose teeth, the rest of your teeth shift and close part of the gap. This can affect the appearance of your smile, but more importantly, it can affect your bite. As teeth move, they meet incorrectly when you bite down. This increases the risk of damage like chips and enamel erosion. It can also cause pain and irritation.

Since dental implants fill in the missing spot, they prevent teeth from shifting. For this reason, it's important to talk to your dentist about getting an implant quickly after losing a tooth.

3. Helps Stimulate the Jawbone

When you lose teeth, your jawbone loses part of its job: supporting teeth. The tooth roots stimulate the jawbone to help keep it strong, but when you lose teeth, that area of the jawbone atrophies. If you are missing a lot of teeth, the shrinking bone can drastically change the structure of the lower half of your face.

Implants sit in the jawbone, and the bone fuses to titanium. For this reason, the implant, like natural teeth, stimulates the jawbone to keep it strong. This can reduce the risk of facial changes, but it may also reduce the risk of future tooth loss from a weak jawbone.

Dental implants are incredibly durable because they use the jawbone for support. Unlike dental bridges, they don't strain healthy teeth. If you would like to know more about dental crown implants, contact your dentist. 


17 October 2022

Getting Your Toddler to the Dentist Once and For All

Toddlers should see a dentist for the first time by the age of twelve months or by the time their first tooth comes in. But if you are a parent with toddlers anything like mine, the prospect of going to the dentist (let alone anywhere!) can be pretty intimidating. My kids were a handful growing up. They had tantrums any time we would have to sit in a waiting room, and they refused to get in the dentist's chair during their first few visits. So, I had to employ a professional to help me make the transition to finally getting them in that dental chair without all the screaming and crying. I know I'm not the only parent in this situation, so I decided to share the information I've learned with others who can use a little help. You can find all my advice right here on these pages!