September is National Dental Implant Awareness Month! A time to spread awareness about the benefits of dental implants and how they can benefit a patient’s life.
Dental implants are a great solution for missing teeth. They are suitable for patients of varying ages who have lost teeth due to injury, illness or gum disease. Dental implants are metal posts, usually made from titanium, that are surgically placed into your jawbone beneath your gums.
On top of each post, your dentist places an abutment that connects the implant to a replacement tooth — usually a crown, bridge or denture. If you are missing one or more teeth, here are a few benefits to getting dental implants.
They are a long-term solution to missing teeth.
Unlike dentures and bridges, dental implants are a long-term replacement that you can brush and floss just as you would natural teeth. They fit comfortably in place and won’t slip out!
They help you eat and speak more comfortably.
Many patients with missing teeth report difficulties with chewing foods and/or speaking. Dental implants provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like natural teeth, allowing you to speak and eat with ease.
They prevent bone loss.
Dental implants help to prevent the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing, preserving your jawbone and facial structure.
They help you smile more confidently.
Many patients with missing teeth often feel self-conscious about their smile. Dental implants match the color and appearance of natural teeth, helping to improve confidence levels.
They don’t get cavities!
The material a dental implant is made of cannot decay. Therefore, you won’t need to worry about a cavity.
They prevent misalignment.
A missing tooth leaves a gap that can cause other teeth to shift around. Dental implants fill in the space to keep your teeth straight.
Do you think you might be a candidate for dental implants? Contact us to make an appointment and learn more!