Dental implants are the best solution for missing teeth for most people. They consist of a titanium post that is surgically embedded into the jawbone. The bone grows around the post, holding it in place just as it holds a natural tooth. Our dentist can then attach an artificial tooth to the post, and you have a tooth that may last the rest of your life. There are several reasons why dental implants are the first choice and standard of care for replacing missing teeth.
Implants are strong and stable and do not decay. Since they are held in place by the natural bone, they do not shift in your mouth, allowing other teeth to tilt or shift. During a consultation with our specialist, your jaw may be examined to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
The implants maintain the structure of your jawbone and maintain the natural shape of your face. When a missing tooth is left untreated, the underlying bone does not get exercised from chewing. It will gradually disintegrate and recede, making your cheek look sunken, which could make you look prematurely aged.
This is considered to be a long-term solution for missing teeth. Other options may last from five to seven years before they need to be replaced, and they do not protect the bone mass. If dental implants are properly cared for, they could last a lifetime.
Dental implants require the same care you give your natural teeth. This means you brush, floss and use mouthwash just as you always did. You do not remove implants and put them in a glass of water when you sleep. They do not click or shift when you speak or eat. You no longer need to be embarrassed when you eat in restaurants or attend social functions.
Implants do not have any dietary restrictions. You can bite and chew naturally and eat anything you could eat before getting implants. This not only allows you to enjoy your food more, but it also lets you chew properly to get the most nutrition from food. Dental implants protect healthy teeth along with the integrity of the jawbone. Our specialist does not need to grind healthy teeth to attach a bridge because the bridge or dentures are held in place by a titanium post.
If you have missing teeth, talk to Dr. Hogan and his team at Implant Dentistry of Virginia in order to learn more information about dental implants. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Virginia Beach.