If you have ever lost a tooth, you know how devastating this can be.
Your self-confidence is impacted because you might be embarrassed to smile or speak, and your ability to chew healthy foods can affect your entire well-being.
Thanks to modern technology, dental implants are giving people back their ability to live a normal life. Dental implants most closely resemble one’s natural teeth, and they function very similarly as well.
If you have experienced tooth loss, find out if dental implants are right for you. Call Dr. Jeffrey Stasch to see if you are a good candidate for this near-permanent way to replace missing teeth. Unlike many other dentists who will send you to another specialist to place the implants, Dr. Stasch can take care of both implants and the restorations—all in one office!
Dental implants are generally made up of two components: the implant portion, which takes the place of your tooth root, and the crown or restoration, which takes the place of the visible portion of your tooth.
The implant itself is made of a lightweight titanium that has very little chance of rejection. This is placed into the jaw surgically where the tooth is missing. One or more implants can be placed, depending on how many teeth are missing.
As the surgery site heals, the implants bond permanently to the jawbone. Once this portion of the healing takes place, the crown can be placed over the implant. The result is a dental implant that looks and functions very much like your natural tooth did.
If they are taken care of properly, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The most obvious benefit, of course, is that dental implants function very much like your natural teeth. This means you will have no restrictions on foods such as you would have if you opted for dentures as a tooth replacement.
There is also none of the moving or shifting that can occur with dentures. The dental implants are permanently fused to your jawbone so you can eat, talk, and smile without worry.
Another benefit of dental implants is one that many people are unaware of: the prevention of “facial collapse.” When teeth are missing from the jawbone, that bone begins to shrink because the body is no longer signaled to send nutrients to that area. Eventually, the person develops a sunken-in look around their mouth and cheeks, which can make them look much older.
Denture wearers will experience this, and it means that their dentures will periodically need to be adjusted to accommodate for the shrinking of the jawbone. Esthetics aside, this also makes it more difficult for denture wearers to chew comfortably.
Who Should Get Dental Implants?
If you have healthy gums and a strong jawbone, dental implants might be right for you. The only way to find out if you are a good candidate is to talk to Dr. Stasch. He will review your health history and give you a dental and radiographic examination to determine if implants are likely to be successful.
Find out if life-changing dental implants are the answer to your missing teeth. Contact us today to make an appointment!