Debating Dental Implants as Your Dental Prosthesis Options?

You may have heard about dental implants while watching TV, in a magazine ad or on the radio. However, when it comes to knowing precisely what they are and how they work, that can leave you scratching your head.

Dental implants are a type of dental prosthesis and used to replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth. They are designed to not only to restore and fill the hole where a tooth used to be but also strengthen the jawbone, which could deteriorate over time.

Dental implants: How do they work?

A dental implant is a post, typically constructed of titanium, that is surgically inserted in a patient's jawbone where a missing tooth used to be. After the post, also referred to as a rod or spoke, is inserted and secured in the jawbone, the dentist will place an abutment directly on the spoke, which will hold the artificial tooth.

Dental implants can be used to replace only one tooth or several missing teeth. Your dentist may recommend what is called a dental bridge, which uses two dental implants to position a row of artificial teeth. All of this will depend on if the several missing teeth are directly beside each other or in separate areas of the mouth.

Top three benefits of dental implants

Filling the gap in your teeth and not having to worry about other people seeing it when you smile or open your mouth is pretty great already. However, there are other benefits that come from getting implants:

  1. Speaking will be easier: With other tooth replacement options like dentures, it can impact how you talk and will take practice to get used to. With dental implants, this is not the case, and they will feel like your natural teeth.
  2. They are comfortable: Dental implants are the best option if you want the most comfort in the long run. They eliminate the possibility of any discomfort that other options may bring.
  3. Eating is easier: With dental implants, there is no chance of any slipping or sliding of the dental prosthesis.

The unseen perk of dental implants

Of course, having any missing teeth in your mouth replaced is not only going to make you feel better about your smile, but there are also health benefits that many people do not consider when weighing the options for replacing the teeth.

Most people do not realize is that the implant is secured to the jawbone directly. Because of this, the spoke will activate and use the jawbone like a natural tooth's roots would. What does this mean? There will not be any jaw deterioration over time that could cause your jaw's and facial appearance to change by sagging and drooping.

Do you have more questions about dental implants? Contact us today!

We know that choosing the best replacement option for your missing tooth can be stressful. Our office staff is always ready to answer any questions and schedule a consultation to go over the options you have and the benefits of implants.

For more information or to schedule an appointment or consultation with us, call (703) 651-1949. Our office is located in Alexandria. Call Cameron Station Dental Care today.

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