Implant dentistry has come a long way in the last few decades, providing patients with a natural-looking, permanent, and comfortable alternative for tooth replacement. Implants help restore a natural smile and also help you regain confidence in your appearance. With implants, you’ll look and feel like you never lost your teeth at all.
For many years, the preferred method of replacing missing teeth was to use dentures. Dentures can be used to replace one missing tooth or all of your teeth, if necessary. However, they create some long-term issues that can affect your dental health as well as your appearance.
Implant dentistry has changed the landscape of tooth replacement. Now a missing tooth, or set of teeth, can be replaced with a prosthetic that not only allows you to bite and chew normally, but also keeps your jawbone healthy and prevents the shape of the face from changing due to bone atrophy. Implants are also permanent and stationary, so you can eat all the foods that are normally difficult for those who wear dentures, such as corn on the cob and apples. [pullquote]Now a missing tooth, or set of teeth, can be replaced with a prosthetic that not only allows you to bite and chew normally, but also keeps your jawbone healthy and prevents the shape of the face from changing due to bone atrophy. [/pullquote]
If you have any missing teeth, talk to your dentist about implants. You will have to be evaluated to determine if implants are the best approach for your tooth replacement. Some medical conditions or other considerations can affect your body’s ability to accept the implant and could greatly reduce the odds of success.
Some issues that must be considered when considering implants:
Any of these issues can make it difficult for your body to heal properly after a dental implant procedure. Some can be treated before your procedure. To determine if you are a good candidate for this type of tooth replacement, consult with our team at The Center for Oral Surgery of Las Vegas.