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Dental Implants: Why They are the Gold Standard for Replacing Missing Teeth

Missing teeth can do more than impact your smile; they can change your appearance, affect your ability to eat and speak, and even lead to bone loss in your jaw. While there are several options available to replace your teeth, nothing compares with dental implants.

Dental implants are a tooth replacement option for one or more missing teeth, or if you have teeth damaged or decayed beyond repair. This procedure involves surgically anchoring a metal post in your jaw to hold an artificial tooth, bridge, or denture.

If you’re looking for tooth replacement options, Dr. Christian Pham at Crownridge Dental in San Antonio can guide you through the implant process and the benefits of going with this long-term solution.

Implants are secure and comfortable

When you get a dental implant, Dr. Pham anchors a metal post in your jaw to hold your artificial tooth. This secure fit makes dental implants feel and function the same way your natural teeth do. Unlike bridges and removable partial dentures that can move around, you don’t have to worry about your implants slipping or clicking while you talk or eat.

Implants add stability

Each tooth in your mouth relies on its neighboring teeth for structure and support. So, if you lose one, other teeth in the area begin to shift into the empty space. As your teeth move out of position, you can experience changes with your appearance, ability to chew, and your bite alignment. When you have a bad bite, you can also develop jaw pain and headaches. By filling this gap with an implant, you can keep your teeth in their proper places.

Implants are good for your bones

To keep your jaw as healthy as possible, you have to think about your teeth. When you’re missing a tooth, that bone area in your jaw can lose 25% of its volume -- and it will continue deteriorating in the years to come. Dental implants simulate a tooth root in your jaw which helps to maintain your bone health and stimulate new growth.

Implants are good for your oral health

Your jawbone isn’t the only thing that benefits from having a dental implant; your gums do too. Having a missing tooth creates more areas in your mouth to trap bacteria is that can lead to gum or periodontal disease. This inflammatory disease develops in the soft and hard structures of your mouth in response to bacteria. As it advances, your gums pull away from your teeth and your risk of both tooth and bone loss.

Implants are built to last

Most options for missing teeth need replacement every 5-10 years, which can be a significant investment in your time and money. But your dental implant is a biocompatible material. That means you don’t have to have to worry about your body rejecting them, and they naturally integrate into your jawbone. This design makes them an effective long-term solution, as long as you take care of them.

For more information on what makes dental implants the gold standard for replacing missing teeth, call Crownridge Dental or schedule an appointment online today.

 

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