Missing teeth can cause more problems than you might realize. More than just a cosmetic issue, that gap in your smile can affect your oral health. Your dentists at Eastern Shore Smile Solutions in Easton and Cambridge, MD, explain how dental implants can help you keep your smile healthy.
How can dental implants help me?
Tiny titanium implants take the place of the roots of missing teeth in this innovative tooth replacement option. Although bridges and dentures, the other tooth replacement choices, replace the visible parts of teeth, these restorations don't extend beyond your gums. When you choose dental implants, your Easton and Cambridge dentist creates a small hole in your jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. The implant is placed in the opening and bonds to the bone over the course of several months.
Once bonding, formally called osseointegration, occurs, your dentist adds a crown to the top of the implant. The crown is made of porcelain or other durable materials and looks just like a natural tooth.
Why should I choose implants?
Dental implants are a good choice no matter how many teeth you've lost. If you want to replace a single tooth, you'll receive one implant and one crown. A bridge or even an entire arch of artificial teeth can be anchored with three to six implants. Implant-supported dentures are usually more comfortable than other tooth replacement options. Because they're securely anchored to the implants, they never slip and irritate your gums.
Did you know that losing a tooth can weaken your jawbone? Although you can't feel it, your roots constantly press on the bone, providing the stimulation that keeps it strong. When the roots are gone, the bone begins to weaken and recede. If the bone shrinks enough, your other teeth may become loose, and you may experience sagging in the muscles of your lower face. Dental implants don't just anchor your crowns or dentures but also press on your jawbone to prevent bone loss.
Dental implants prevent your other teeth from shifting, drifting and overlapping due to the gap in your mouth. It's much easier to remove cavity-causing plaque and tartar from your teeth when they don't overlap.
Dental implants keep your smile bright and healthy! Call your dentists at Eastern Shore Smile Solutions in Easton and Cambridge, MD, at (443) 205-4757 to schedule an appointment to find out if you're a good candidate for implants.