If you have one or more missing teeth, you are not alone. According to the CDC, nearly three-quarters of adults between the ages of 35 to 44 years old have lost at least one tooth. As you age, the risk of tooth loss increases. Tooth loss affects more than just your smile. It can impact how you speak, eat, and can increase your risk of cavities and jaw deterioration.
Fortunately, there is a safe and effective solution to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are substitute tooth roots that function as a solid foundation for replacement teeth.
To create the dental implant, your oral surgeon inserts a titanium screw into the jawbone. Next, a ceramic or titanium post called an “abutment” is attached to the implant. Once those pieces are in place, your surgeon secures the replacement teeth to the abutment for a brighter and beautiful smile.
Some patients require a single dental implant, while others require multiple implants to replace their missing teeth. Your oral surgeon will provide customized surgical solutions based on your treatment needs and goals.
Dental implants are ideal for patients with missing teeth for many reasons, including the following.
Dental Implants Can Last a Lifetime
Because titanium dental implants integrate with your natural jaw bone, they are designed to be permanent. Also, dental implant materials are non-toxic and bio-compatible. That means they are safe and will not be rejected by the body.
Dental Implants Look and Feel Like Real Teeth
Most patients cannot tell the difference between dental implants and real teeth. They restore your bite and allow you to floss and brush just as you do with your own teeth. Replacement teeth are custom-made to match your tooth shade, size, and shape.
Dental Implants Prevent Other Teeth From Shifting
Over time, gaps caused by missing teeth cause adjacent teeth to shift toward the open space. That can disrupt your bite and lead to cosmetic issues and problems with chewing and speaking. Dental implants fill in these gaps to keep teeth stable and properly aligned.
Dental Implants Help Prevent Bone Loss
Stimulation from tooth roots helps keep the jawbone healthy. If you lose a tooth, that pressure on the jaw is gone, which can cause the body to reabsorb the bone. Dental implants stimulate the bone just like real tooth roots to prevent bone deterioration for a strong and healthy jaw.
Dental Implants Are More Convenient Than Dentures
Dentures are another option to replace missing teeth. While dentures may be the right solution for some patients, they do have their drawbacks. Unlike dental implants, dentures are not permanent. They must be removed for cleaning and can shift out of place when speaking or chewing.
Dental Implants Help Maintain Facial Structures
A strong and stable jawbone supports your facial structures and reduces sagging. Jawbone loss due to missing teeth can actually change the shape of your face in a way that prematurely ages your appearance. This can be prevented with dental implants.
Dental Implants Can Prevent Gum Disease and Cavities
Gaps formed by missing teeth can also trap bacteria and food, which leads to gum disease and tooth decay. Disease and decay also occur as teeth shift out of place around missing teeth. Crooked teeth are more difficult to keep clean. Replacing missing teeth keeps surrounding teeth aligned for better oral hygiene.
Dental Implants Renew Smiles and Boost Confidence
Dental plants are not just practical, they can change how a person feels about their smile and their appearance. Today’s tooth replacements mimic the shape, size, and texture of your own teeth. You can smile with confidence knowing no one can tell you have dental implants.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
If you have one or multiple missing teeth due to injury, damage, or decay, you may be a good candidate for dental implants. Schedule a consultation with an oral surgeon to learn more about the process.
South Jersey Oral Surgeons at Lanzi Burke Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons Help Patients Look and Feel Their Best With Dental Implants
One of our compassionate South Jersey oral surgeons at Lanzi Burke Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons can provide custom dental solutions to improve your oral health and boost your confidence. To learn more about dental implants and to schedule a consultation, call us at 856-582-4222 or contact us online. We have offices in Washington Township, Haddonfield, and Woolwich Township, New Jersey, and we proudly assist patients throughout South Jersey.