A lot of dental treatments can protect your oral health while making your smile look beautiful. One way to get a boost that is cosmetic and healthy is through dental implants. At McCullough Dental, we make dental implants a simple, easy, and comfortable process to give you a restored smile!
What Are Dental Implants?
When a tooth falls out due to an accident, disease, or extraction, a dental implant is one of the most effective ways to replace it. A dental implant is a three-part prosthetic device that replaces each part of the tooth: the roots, the dentin, and the crown.
Dental Implants Improve Oral Health
Two of the primary reasons for replacing missing teeth are to restore lost oral health and to prevent more problems from occurring. Dental implants are the most reliable option when it comes to both of these goals.
The jawbone requires constant stimulation from the teeth to remain healthy and strong. When a tooth falls out, part of that stimulation is lost. As the jawbone weakens, more teeth lose their foundation and fall out.
Because a dental implant is rooted in the jaw, it provides that stimulation as if it were a real tooth. The jawbone remains strong, and the other teeth stay put.
Tooth loss can severely damage the jaw. As teeth fall out, the jawbone loses necessary stimulation and begins to degrade. This can cause more teeth to fall out, and it creates a shriveled, unhealthy appearance.
Dental implants stimulate the jaw just like real teeth do. They can prevent jawbone deterioration.
When a tooth falls out, it leaves a hole that can easily be breached by bacteria. Unless the area is properly cared for, the patient will likely develop gum disease. Gum disease is a painful infection that is linked to all sorts of complications:
- Tooth loss.
- Heart conditions.
- Pregnancy complications.
A dental implant can fill in the hole left by a missing tooth and lower the risk of contracting gum disease.
If many teeth are missing, a patient may have difficulty speaking clearly. Others may struggle to understand them. To avoid this problem, try dental implants. They get rid of whistles, lisps, and other speech problems in patients with missing teeth.
Missing teeth make it painful or impossible to eat certain foods. Some of these foods are necessary for proper nutrition.
Replacing missing teeth with dental implants can restore your ability to eat any food you once enjoyed. You’ll be able to eat all those tough fruits and vegetables again!
Dental Implants Improve Physical Appearance
Many people don’t have health problems related to missing teeth, but still want to replace those teeth for aesthetic reasons. We all want a full, beautiful smile, don’t we? Dental implants can make your smile stunning in a variety of ways.
First and foremost, a dental implant will replace a lost tooth. Dental implants are so tooth-like, your friends and family will never be able to distinguish your implant from your natural teeth. They are gorgeously white and resistant to staining bacteria.
As teeth fall out, the cheeks sometimes cave in, creating a sunken look. Dental implants can fill out your mouth and give your cheeks support. This may make you look years younger. You’d be surprised how much of a difference filled-out cheeks can make on the beauty of your smile.
Missing teeth can make the jaw weaker over time. Sometimes this is visible in a weak-looking or shriveled chin. Dental implants can fix this problem by stimulating the jawbone. This stimulation will strengthen the jaw and restore a younger appearance to your chin.
Restore Your Smile With Dental Implants
Schedule with our dental team today to get exceptional treatment that gives you a beautiful and healthy smile. A dental implant consultation will give you all the information you need to make an educated decision on your oral health and appearance.