Dental Implants — Are you aware that missing teeth affect more than your smile?
When you’re not happy with the appearance of your smile, it can affect your self-confidence. Some people withdraw from social activities, avoid photographs, and become skilled at hiding their mouth so no one can see their teeth. Do you have missing teeth and want to replace them? Did you know there is a permanent replacement option that functions like your natural teeth and doesn’t stress or damage your remaining teeth? You can stop hiding your mouth and smile with confidence.
Are you aware that missing teeth affect more than your smile? When you lose a tooth, the biting force absorbed by that tooth gets distributed to your remaining teeth. Your remaining teeth can shift out of place, which makes them difficult to clean and at risk for gum disease and infection.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant consists of three separate parts.
- The implant is a threaded screw surgically placed in the bone.
- The abutment is the piece connecting the implant to the crown.
- The crown looks like your natural tooth and is the only part visible to the naked eye.
Dental Implant Benefit Checklist
- Improves your appearance. When teeth are missing or facial sagging, you look older.
- Keeps your natural teeth intact. Implant placement happens without changing the adjacent teeth.
- Stabilizes your remaining teeth. When you don’t replace missing teeth, the remaining teeth eventually move out of place. The movement changes your bite.
- Promotes bone growth. The implant stimulates the jawbone and prevents bone loss. When you don’t replace missing teeth, bone loss happens.
- Bite and chew your food normally. Restoring normal chewing function improves gastrointestinal health.
- Oral health affects your overall health. Implants can decrease the risk of infection and periodontal disease.
Dental implants can last a lifetime when you practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice daily and floss once a day. Be sure to schedule your regular dental cleanings and exams. Are you interested in dental implants? Contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Sonny Afshar