When it comes to replacing lost teeth, you have several options. For instance, mild tooth loss can often be addressed with a dental bridge, while more severe cases can be treated with a custom partial or full denture. In most cases, however, dental implants offer the most comprehensive and satisfying results for rebuilding smiles after tooth loss. Dental implants are small, titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone where the roots of your lost teeth once rested. The posts are biocompatible, and as your jawbone heals, it fuses to their surfaces, making the posts a permanent part of your jawbone’s anatomy. Then, your dentist can secure your custom-made dental prosthetic to the posts, completing your smile restoration with the most lifelike tooth replacements available.
The Long-Term Benefits of Dental Implants
Replacing lost teeth offers a myriad of benefits, such as improving your smile’s appearance and restoring balance and proper function to your bite. However, only dental implants offer the benefits of replacing lost teeth roots, which are vital to the long-term health and integrity of your jawbone. Like teeth roots, dental implants are stimulated when you bite and chew, inviting important nutrients to the jawbone and your teeth. When teeth are lost, the absence of their roots means your jawbone can gradually grow weaker, making it more difficult for it to support the teeth that remain. By stimulating the jawbone, implants not only restore your smile, but also help preserve it by reducing your risks of further tooth loss in the future.
Same-Day Dental Implants
Typically, dental implant restoration can take several months, since after the implants are placed, your dentist will wait 4-6 months before securing the permanent restoration to the implant posts. With same-day implants, however, your dentist can eliminate the wait time between your implant placement and restoration, allowing you to enjoy your new, implant-supported prosthetic in just one visit.
Ask Your Dentist About Dental Implants
If you’ve lost one or more teeth, then dental implants may be your best choice for replacing them and rebuilding your smile. To find out if you qualify for dental implants, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling Lynne Barbour Dental in Kahoka, MO, today at 660-727-4746 (GRIN).