Dental implants are a popular, effective and very attractive solution for missing teeth. Created to last, implants are essentially artificial tooth roots that create a permanent base for fixed, replacement teeth when they are lost or damaged and need to be replaced. As their name implies, dental implants are implanted into the jawbone using a titanium post that holds the artificial tooth in place. This post is anchored into the jaw which allows bone tissue to grow and bond to the rough surface of the implant making it secure and long-lasting. Afterward, an attractive artificial tooth is matched to the surrounding teeth and placed on top of the post.
Dental implants are designed to look, feel and function just like natural teeth and offer significant benefits compared to other methods of replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are the only dental restorative procedure that prevents bone loss which can occur when emptying spaces are left by missing teeth. By replacing missing teeth with dental implants, you can preserve and actually stimulate normal bone growth in the affected areas to avoid problems that can develop due to the degeneration of the jawbone such as sagging of the facial features and jaw contour.
The fact that implants are anchored to the jawbone also means there will be no slippage or other annoying movements that people complain about with dentures and bridges. While dentures and other non-implant options can fill gaps and help restore beauty and function, they are not as secure and cannot prevent bone loss like dental implants.
Implants may not be for everyone but they are an excellent option for most who are considering replacement of missing or damaged teeth.
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If you live in the South Denver area and are looking for solutions to replace a missing tooth or teeth, make an appointment with Dr. Prendergast today. There are many solutions available to you here at Advanced Dental and we would be more than happy to discuss the best option for you.