At our dentistry practice, Drs Duke and Latham offer tooth implants to replace your missing teeth. If you don’t replace your teeth, you face all kinds of complications with your diet and appearance. In fact, recent studies show that a missing tooth greatly increases your chances of losing more teeth—and your risk of gum disease. Our dentists offer several restorative options to replace missing teeth. Research shows that dental implants are the only sure way to prevent jawbone deterioration and bone loss.
When a tooth falls out, the section of your jaw that supported the tooth root has no purpose, so it withers and atrophies. That means if you have missing teeth, you will also experience bone loss, which weakens your jawbone and causes the “sunken in” look. A missing tooth affects your proper bite. Teeth may shift, causing spaces between teeth, food impaction, and tooth decay.
At our dentistry office, we can assess your smile gaps and discuss your teeth replacement options. Tooth implants are the optimal solution because they actually replace the whole tooth. The fixture that’s embedded into your jaw is a biocompatible metal that encourages bone growth. In other words, your jawbone fuses around the post as though it’s a real tooth root. Other benefits of implant dentistry include:
- Dental implants do not require support from adjacent teeth, and they keep the jawbone strong and prevent bone loss.
- With tooth implants, patients do not experience increased tooth decay or sensitivity as is sometimes the case with other dental prostheses.
- Dental implants have a success rate of 95 to 98%.
- Tooth implants secure dentures, partials, or bridgework, and can replace a single tooth with no damage to the adjacent teeth.
- With consistently good oral hygiene, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Replacing Your Missing Teeth with Dental Implants
At our dentistry practice, we can place and restore your dental implants. Unlike other general dentists who only place restorations, we will be with you throughout the entire process—from placing your fixture, to restoring the implant with a beautiful crown or natural-looking denture. In fact, implant-retained dentures are a good compromise between affordability and functionality. The implants protect your jawbone, and you will only need a few well-placed implants to attach your full or partial dentures.
To receive dental implants, you must be in good health and have adequate bone structure. Minor pre-operatory procedures like bone and sinus grafts may be necessary to prepare you for implant surgery. For patients who cannot withstand traditional implants, mini dental implants provide a viable alternative. One of our implant dentists will evaluate your specific case to determine which tooth implant option is right for your unique case.