More and more of our patients at Enterprise Dental Care are opting in for dental implants.
It makes sense because:
“People choose implants to have a better quality of life. They no longer have to take out their teeth at night, like eyeglasses or jewelry.”
Get Back to Normal
“Chewing is closer to normal since there are no adhesives to keep them in place. Smiling again is natural, no need to hide it.”
Issues with Dentures and Replacements
“Some patients gag with removable partial dentures or full dentures. There is no gagging with implant tooth replacements. With fixed bridges (which are a good option) healthy tooth structure has to be removed in preparation to receive those tooth replacements. Implants have no need for bothering the adjacent teeth.”
If you've lost a tooth or a few teeth due to injury or disease, dental implants can rejuvenate both your smile and your oral health. The ideal candidate for implants is a non-smoker who has good oral health, including a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw, and healthy gums with no sign of gum disease.
A dental implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The “root” is usually made of titanium: the same material used in many replacement hips and knees, and a metal that is well-suited to pairing with human bone. A replacement tooth is then fixed to the post. The tooth can be permanently attached or made to be removable.
If you are only missing one tooth, one implant plus one replacement tooth will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge (a set of replacement teeth). Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants.
Conventional bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone, and can therefore be unstable. This can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Implants not only look more natural, but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force. And because they don't directly rely on neighboring teeth for support, implants don't compromise the health of your natural teeth. In fact, bridges are only expected to last seven to ten years, even less with root canals, whereas implants will typically last a lifetime.
Once your dental implant restoration is completed, it is important to keep the area clean and infection-free. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can. Whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several, a professional cleaning schedule will be necessary to keep your implants healthy. The time interval for these professional cleanings will be determined by your individual needs.
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