Despite improvements in dental care, millions of people still suffer from tooth loss caused by tooth decay, gum disease, and many other issues. In the past, the only viable treatment options were bridges and dentures; today, dental implants are a better alternative for people missing teeth. Since implants look, feel and function like regular teeth, they allow the patient to live normally and smile with confidence. Please watch the brief video below for some more information on implants.
Dental implants are permanent, artificial teeth used to replace a missing tooth or teeth and help to stop or prevent jaw bone loss. The implant procedure is categorized as a form of prosthetic dentistry, though it is also a form of cosmetic dentistry.
By replacing missing tooth roots, implants offer more than an aesthetic enhancement, they also provide people with the strength and durability required to eat all the foods they love without struggling to chew. Although there may be a number of restorative options for the treatment of missing teeth, none have proven to be as functionally effective and durable as implants.
One of the benefits of implants over conventional removable dentures is that they do not change the taste of your food. Also, implants are anchored to the jaw bone and not to the adjacent teeth, unlike bridges; this means you do not have to compromise any of your remaining teeth when you choose to get implants. Another benefit is they can prevent a sunken facial appearance.
Whether you are missing a single tooth or several teeth, implants may be the only logical choice to restore the necessary functionality of teeth and their supporting structures, as well as to provide the best aesthetic appearance.