When you’re missing teeth, you realize how much in life you may have taken for granted. Chewing food becomes difficult and painful, and you may feel embarrassed to smile due to the stigma our society has placed upon missing teeth.
You may have tried other tooth replacement options, including bridges, partials, and dentures. While these restorations and appliances can fill in the gaps and solve the problem temporarily, you probably want a more permanent solution.
At Ramsey Family Dentistry, we have a practical option that is the next best thing to your own teeth – dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is made up of two main pieces. The first piece, which is the actual “implant” part of the dental implant, is a small biocompatible titanium post that we surgically place in your jaw. As you heal, the post actually becomes a part of your jaw through a process called osseointegration. This is what gives the dental implant its permanency.
The second part of the system is a lifelike porcelain dental crown that is attached to the post of the implant. Advances in dental technology allow crowns to look completely natural; in fact, once your implant is placed and restored, you might even have trouble telling your implant from your natural teeth!
Why Dental Implants?
It’s true that the cost of dental implants is higher than other tooth-replacement options, but our patients with implants agree that the advantages of these restorations are well worth it.
Dental implants become a permanent part of your mouth. You don’t have to worry about special cleaners and adhesives, and they’ll never slip at precisely the wrong moment. They look indistinguishable from your natural teeth, and nobody will ever know your secret. You can eat any food you desire when you have dental implants without worries that a crunchy treat will damage your restoration.
While these advantages are great, dental implants also have another hidden advantage. The natural roots of your teeth do more than just hold your teeth in place. They also work within your jaw to stimulate your jawbone to constantly restore itself, keeping the bone strong and healthy. When you lose a tooth, this process stops, and the result is bone loss. As time goes on and the bone in your jaw gets thinner, other teeth can eventually become loose and then fall out, creating a cycle. People who are missing several teeth develop an unmistakable sunken appearance in their face thanks to this bone loss.
The titanium post of your dental implant functions just like the natural tooth root, stopping bone loss in its tracks. This prevents further tooth and bone loss and helps to preserve your periodontal health.
Are You Ready for Dental Implants?
If you’d like to know more about dental implants or find out if you’re a candidate for this innovative new technology, call Ramsey Family Dental in Gilbert, AZ today and schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Kevin Ramsey.
Dr. Ramsey will perform a thorough examination and discuss your dental goals with you. Even if you are already seeing the signs of bone loss, it’s not too late. We still have options to build up the bone in your jaw and place implants successfully.
Call us today to get started, and take back your life.