Increase Your Quality of Life with Dental Implants
The loss of teeth can have long-ranging effects not only on your appearance but on your dental health. The overall alignment of your teeth changes when teeth are lost, which can cause premature wear and tear as well as discomfort in the jaw joints, headaches, and other unpleasant side effects. Dental implants, however, can restore your missing teeth and prevent these long-term problems. If you are considering implants, our Plano implant dentistry experts can help you make the decision.
Dental Implants Versus Dentures
Many people, when they think about replacing missing teeth, think only of dentures. However, implant dentistry is much more effective, more attractive and even more comfortable.
Dentures present numerous disadvantages. Among these are:
- Dentures are not permanent
- Dentures can shift and move in the mouth
- Denture wear leads to atrophy of the jaw bone
- Dentures must be removed for cleaning
By contrast, dental implants are permanent, and do not move. They are carefully color-matched to your natural teeth, and are molded to match your natural look, giving you a completely restored smile.
More importantly for your overall dental health, implants include a root portion that is implanted directly into the jawbone. When you chew, these roots stimulate growth of the jawbone just as natural tooth roots do, so that your jaw does not deteriorate or change shape.
The Dental Implant Process
Dental implants are placed in a two-part process. First the root portions are placed in the jawbone. These artificial tooth roots are actually a titanium screw. After these are implanted, the mouth must heal for a few months to ensure the implants bond with the bone. Without this bonding process, the implants will not keep the bone healthy, and might not remain secure in the mouth.
After this healing period, the visible portions of your new teeth are attached to the artificial roots. You will have a perfect, natural looking smile, custom-made to match the color and shape of your original teeth.
For more information about how dental implants can keep your mouth healthy and reduce the self-consciousness of missing teeth or shifting dentures, please contact My Dentist in Plano to schedule a consultation.