Struggling with tooth loss? Dental implants not only restore missing teeth but also offer a few other benefits.
Have you thought about asking your Slidell, LA, dentists, Drs. Susan Silvestri and Ronnie Deniger of Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry, if dental implants are right for you? Read on to learn all about this treatment option.
Dental implants provide a complete tooth restoration option
Before dental implants were invented, replacing a lost tooth involved restoring the crown, or top, of the tooth only. Fortunately, it's now possible to replace the missing roots, as well.
Dental implants are tiny posts added to your mouth during a minor oral surgery at our Slidell, LA, office. Made of titanium, a biocompatible metal that naturally bonds to bone, the implants serve as artificial tooth roots that connect to dental crowns to form new teeth.
Implants offer longevity and excellent biting power
Good root strength is necessary to bite into hard foods or thoroughly chew tougher foods. Without replacement roots, your ability to eat certain foods may be compromised. Implants are attached to your jawbone the same way as your natural roots, which ensures that your biting power doesn't suffer just because you have an artificial tooth.
Dental implants are among the longest-lasting tooth restorations. In most cases, they'll never need to be replaced, although, due to normal wear and tear, you may need to replace your crowns periodically.
Dental implants offer important oral health protections
Some shifting of nearby teeth is bound to occur after tooth loss. Unfortunately, as the teeth drift, your appearance and bite can change. If your teeth were once perfectly straight, they may soon begin to overlap. Severe shifting may affect your bite, causing jaw pain, excessive wear on teeth, gum damage, headaches, and other issues. Filling the gaps in your smile with dental implants prevents your teeth from moving.
Implants also offer an important benefit for your jawbone. Jawbone resorption, a common problem after tooth loss, occurs when your jawbone shrinks due to decreased stimulation from tooth roots. Eventually, resorption can cause loose teeth and sagging facial muscles. Implants provide constant stimulation that prevents resorption.
Dental implants can help you restore your smile whether you've lost one tooth or all of them! Call your dentists in Slidell, LA, Drs. Silvestri and Deniger of Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry, at (985) 641-7200 to schedule your appointment.