Imagine regaining the confidence to smile without reserve, knowing that your teeth present a healthy, fresh, younger-looking smile every time! Being able to laugh and smile with confidence is just one of the benefits you can gain from choosing dental implants to restore lost teeth. The popularity of this dental treatment option continues to increase, and for good reason. Learn more about what dental implants are and how dental implants improve your smile – and your life.
What Are Dental Implants, Exactly?
Dental implants can be thought of as artificial teeth that are secured to the jaw with special artificial “roots.” The implants can be used to secure crowns, dentures, bridges, or individual artificial teeth. Many people who have lost teeth due to injury, periodontal disease, or other reasons make excellent candidates to receive dental implants. The artificial teeth match the natural shade and shape of the patient’s other teeth, and the anchoring artificial root cannot be seen once it is surgically placed in the jaw bone. Dental implants restore teeth so that they feel, fit, and function just like natural teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Although each patient has his or her own list of reasons to choose dental implants, there are many benefits that are enjoyed by everyone who chooses this route of treatment. Benefits that relate to confidence, appearance, and functionality that are most commonly reported include:
- Improved appearance of teeth, smile, and face
- Improved speech; no missing teeth to alter speech sounds
- Improved oral health
- Improved comfort; no worries about painful or ill-fitting dentures
- Easier chewing and eating; no compromised, weak, or broken teeth to impede eating ability
- More convenience; no dentures to remove, reshape, or repair
With dental implants, you’ll be able to avoid the “sunken” look that dentures can create, and you’ll also reduce the risk of gum disease and gum recession – both of which are serious oral problems. In addition, dental implants are very long-lasting with proper home care and regular dental visits as recommended by your dentist and hygienist
The Dental Implants Procedure
The procedure to receive dental implants varies among patients, depending upon several factors including how many teeth will be replaced, the condition of the patient’s jawbone, the type of implant that is needed, and more. The complete procedure occurs in stages to place the implants into the jaw, wait for the jaw to completely heal, and attach the artificial teeth to the implants. The implants that are placed into the jaw are titanium, and since they fuse to the jaw bone, they won’t ever slip, make noise, or cause damage to the jawbone like bridges and dentures can.
Contact Champagne Smiles Today
Dr. Richard Champagne completed a one year mini Dental Implant Residency at New York University and has nearly 20 years of experience as a dental implants dentist. He can help you decide whether dental implants are a suitable option for you. Be sure to contact Champagne Smiles today to schedule your appointment; we look forward to discussing dental implant options with you!