Dental implants are small titanium rods surgically implanted into your jawbone to replace missing teeth. As you heal from the surgery, the rods fuse to your bone and form a strong and sturdy root, which looks and feels like a natural tooth. When the implant is ready to be restored with a crown or bridge, it will feel natural to bite, chew and speak. The power behind dental implants is that they help to prevent bone loss in your jaw. If you have lost a tooth, the bone beneath it will slowly begin to shrink through the process of resorption. This can cause your face to appear sunken in, cause the lips to look thinner and more wrinkled, cause your cheeks to have a more hollow appearance, and make it very difficult to have replacement teeth placed in the future. However, when you have an implant placed in your jaw at Ash & Rowan Family Dentistry, it helps prevent bone loss by replacing the tooth roots that your natural teeth had before.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an ideal solution for patients missing one or more teeth. They restore function and aesthetics with natural-looking results. Most people who are healthy enough for routine dental procedures are good candidates for dental implants. The best way to determine your candidacy is to consult our dentist. The dentist can review your medical history and perform a comprehensive oral exam to determine if this is the best option. If you are in good health and have sufficient bone density to anchor the implant securely, you are likely an excellent candidate for dental implants.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are an excellent option to replace missing teeth because, unlike other tooth replacement options, they protect your healthy jawbone and prevent further bone loss in the jaw. Different types of tooth replacements, like bridges or dentures, only replace the visible part of the tooth above the gum line, but they do not prevent bone loss and can lead to changes in facial features over time. Because dental implants replace the whole tooth, they are a long-term solution for restoring your smile. They look and feel natural, require no special care outside of regular brushing and flossing, and can last a lifetime when properly cared for. Plus, with dental implants, you regain the full function of your teeth so you can eat and speak normally again. This positively affects your oral and overall health, self-image, and emotional well-being.
Dental implants are an excellent long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. To learn more about dental implants, visit Ash & Rowan Family Dentistry at 5528 N Ash St, Spokane, WA 99205, or call (509) 325-1886.