Are you concerned about gaps in your smile? Replacing lost teeth with dental implants offers a long-lasting solution to tooth loss. Our Seymour, IN, dentists, Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Lane Severe, discuss how dental implants can help you fill those gaps in your teeth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants replace your missing roots with small titanium posts added to openings made in your jawbone. Titanium, the same lightweight material used in hip implants, bonds to your jawbone in a few months' time. After bonding occurs, your implants become a permanent part of your jawbone. The final step in the implant process involves adding crowns, realistic-looking artificial teeth, to the top of the implants.
What advantages do implants offer?
Without strong roots, plants and trees would topple over with the slightest breeze. Just as roots anchor plants, your dental implant provides a stable foundation for your artificial tooth. Crowns and bridges, other options used to restore missing teeth, don't include replacement roots, which can make biting into hard or tough foods difficult. Because your implant is securely attached to your jawbone, you can continue to eat the same foods you've always enjoyed.
Implants also provide important protections for your oral health. They fill the gaps in your smile, preventing shifting that can cause your teeth to overlap and trap cavity-causing plaque. Your roots don't just anchor your teeth, but constantly stimulate your jawbone, which helps keep the bone strong. When you lose a tooth, part of your jawbone can become weak and recede because it no longer receives stimulation. Adding an implant to your jaw prevents jawbone recession, a problem that can cause further loss of teeth and facial sagging.
Caring for dental implants is no harder than taking care of your natural teeth. Although your new teeth are artificial, they still must be brushed and flossed daily. Flossing around the implant is particularly important, as it can help prevent an infection that could loosen it. With proper care, which includes regular visits to our Seymour office, your dental implants can last your entire life.
Are you ready to find out if you're a good candidate for dental implants? Call our Seymour, IN, dentists, Dr. Pierce and Dr. Severe, at (812) 522-8608 to schedule an appointment.