Missing teeth can have a big impact on your oral health as well as drastically change your smile. When teeth are missing, the remaining teeth start to shift which changes your bite. This movement causes additional wear to surrounding teeth and can lead to breakage. All of these changes in your mouth also impacts the health of your gums.
A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone which functions like the root of your tooth. The implant is capped with an abutment that sits above the gum line providing a surface to affix a beautiful crown. Because the implant is made of titanium, it is naturally compatible with the body and will form a natural connection with the jawbone. Our doctors place dental implants and also complete the restoration by placing a crown.
Without the stimulation provided by your teeth, the jawbone begins to recede. Typical tooth replacements like dental bridges or partial dentures can restore the beauty of your smile and some of its functionality, but they do not provide the jawbone with its needed stimulation. Although individual cases vary, dental implants are now, generally, the preferred replacements for missing teeth. They promote bone retention, and with proper home care and maintenance they rarely need to be replaced.
If you currently have dentures, you are familiar with most of their difficulties. Dentures can be uncomfortable, they can slip and fall out, and as your jawbone begins to recede, it can be even more difficult to get a stable bite. Dentures also frequently need to be replaced. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, each year about 15 percent of edentulous patients have dentures made. Our team at Aqua Dental uses dental implants to stabilize your dentures and promote jawbone retention with implant supported dentures. If you are tired of dentures that slip and fall out, call us today.