IF YOU OR YOUR CHILD HAVE EXPERIENCED TOOTH LOSS, you are not alone. In fact, more than 35 million Americans are missing all of their teeth, while 178 million are missing at least one tooth. Here’s the good news: there are solutions for you.
Dental Implants Function Much Like Natural Teeth
While there are other tooth replacement options, dental implants have many advantages over other treatments. Although dental implants may not be appropriate for your child until their jaw fully develops, they may be an effective treatment option when they are older or they may be appropriate for older members of your family who have suffered tooth loss.
They are called “implants” because an artificial tooth root is placed, or implanted, in your jawbone. It is then covered by a natural-looking tooth replacement. Implants are the only tooth replacement option that incorporate an artificial root, allowing them to function much like natural teeth.
There Are Many Benefits To Choosing Implants
Here are five major benefits to consider when deciding between dental implants and other tooth restoration options:
#1: Dental implants are convenient and long-lasting.
Unlike dentures, you don’t need to take them out to eat or clean and there’s no need to reapply them with adhesive. Implants also provide a permanent solution to tooth loss–they are built to last a lifetime if they are well taken care of.
#2: Get the look, feel and function of your natural teeth.
Dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth so you can look and feel your best. They also function like real teeth, meaning you can bite naturally and eat the foods you love without hesitation. Implants also don’t interfere with speech like some other replacement options.
#3: Oral hygiene isn’t complicated by implants.
You can take care of your teeth as usual, flossing once a day and brushing twice daily. With implants, it’s easy to maintain that bright, beautiful smile!
#4: Implants prevent bone deterioration and loss.
When you lose teeth the jawbone deteriorates, causing your face to appear sunken over time. Implants act as an artificial tooth root, stimulating the jawbone and promoting bone growth. This helps maintain the natural shape of your face and jaw.
#5: Leave your natural teeth unaltered.
Some treatment options, like a dental bridge, require grinding down other healthy teeth to support the bridge. Implants replace lost teeth but do not require any alteration of your existing healthy teeth.
Here’s A Behind-the-scenes Look At How Implants Are Made
Don’t Let Tooth Loss Keep You From Smiling
You should never let tooth loss keep you from a healthy, beautiful smile. If you or your child have experienced tooth loss, come and talk with us today. We will consult about what tooth restoration options will be best for each of you and can even provide insight as to when your child might be a candidate for dental implants.