Implant dentistry has provided new options for treating tooth loss that have numerous benefits over traditional tooth replacement options. Implants are permanent, natural-looking, and allow you to eat any foods you could eat with your natural teeth.
Throughout history, people have come up with ways to replace missing teeth. Various substances have been tried, including glass, wood, and stone. In some cases, even ancient attempts at tooth replacement could be considered successful. However, real progress in developing permanent tooth replacement didn’t occur until the discovery that human bone will naturally bond to titanium. Now, implant dentistry supplies replacement teeth whose roots are made from this unique metal. The visible portion of the tooth is attached to the titanium or titanium-alloy root, providing a tooth that is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Our oral surgeon will generally place a separate implant to support each individual tooth. The bone must surround and bond to the implant before the procedure can be considered successful. After this healing process is completed, your new prosthetic teeth can be placed on the artificial roots, giving you your new smile.
When you have dental implants, you can eat, chew, and talk just as you would with your natural teeth. Even eating foods like apples or corn on the cob will not dislodge or shift your new teeth. With dentures, you have to be careful how you eat, taking precautions such as balancing the food in your mouth to prevent more pressure on one side than on the other. With implants, this is not an issue.
You also won’t have to avoid any individual foods if your teeth are replaced with implants. You’ll still need to brush and floss regularly to remove debris and bacteria from your mouth, as this will keep your remaining natural teeth healthy and will also help prevent gum disease. With implants, you’ll have not only a new, perfect smile, but completely usable teeth.
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