If you are missing some or all of your teeth, it is likely that you have done some research or spoken with your dentist about the ways you could replace those teeth. During this time, you have probably come across dental implants. Dental implants are one of the most commonly used methods to replace missing teeth. With this popularity in mind, it is easy to wonder exactly why so many people go with this option.
An advantage to dental implants is that they can work with several different dental situations. There are several different sizes and types of dental implants to best serve your unique circumstances. With dental implants, a metal post that fuses with your jawbone is the base for your replacement teeth. This is an endosteal implant, the most common style of dental implant. If you do not have adequate jawbone to support the endosteal implant, a subperiosteal implant is another option. This type is placed under the gums yet still above the jawbone.
Another advantage is that even if you seem like a bad candidate for dental implants at first, you can still undergo procedures to make it possible for your mouth to support the implants. A bone augmentation can be used to restore your bone if there is not enough to fuse with your implants. Sinus lifts and ridge expansions can also be used to help rebuild bone in your mouth in various places.
Outside of the procedure side of getting dental implants, there are many advantages once your replacement teeth are in place. A dental implant is designed to be a very natural-looking method of replacing your teeth. It is unlikely that anyone will be able to tell that your dental implants are not your natural teeth. There is no chance of the implants fitting incorrectly and causing issues, like dentures might.
One of the significant problems that arise from missing teeth is a decreased ability to speak and chew food. Luckily, dental implants will improve your ability to do both of those things. By being anchored in your jawbone much as natural teeth are, your dental implants will stay right in place, improving the ease with which you can chew and talk.
When you are missing your teeth, even the appearance of your face can be affected. Missing teeth can lead to a reduction in bone height, which will eventually lead to changes in how your face looks. With dental implants, you will maintain this bone. The lack of bone loss will prevent your face from taking on a different appearance.
If you are considering dental implants as a way to replace your teeth, the best thing that you can do is talk to your dentist. At McBride Dental, we can talk you through the various options to replace your missing teeth. Contact us today to learn about your next steps in the process of restoring your smile.