Millions Americans lose teeth every year. Whether you have lost one or several teeth, the importance of replacement cannot be understated. Your smile as well as your oral and general health depends on your having a complete set of teeth. So now the question is what kind of tooth replacement is best. Whenever possible, Dr. Montgomery prefers dental implants in Plano and here are the reasons why.
Unlike a crown and bridge or a denture, a dental stands in for a missing tooth’s root as well as the crown. In this way, you essentially have a new root in place to keep your jawbone healthy and strong. Every time you bite and chew, a tooth root—or a dental implant—stimulates healthy new bone tissue growth that is essential to maintaining a youthful appearance.
People that have missing teeth—and even some wearing a partial or full denture—must sometimes eliminate certain foods from their diets that are simply too difficult to chew and digest. Unfortunately, this can compromise a nutritious diet. But with dental implants, you eat all of your favorite foods and have well-balanced meals.
Dental implants are the most lifelike tooth replacement option you can choose. The combination of implant and crown closely mimics the natural construction of a tooth, so you will be able to enjoy the form and function you are used to having.
Dental implants are stand-alone tooth replacements that have no impact on adjacent teeth. A partial denture, for example, is equipped with clasps that latch on to nearby teeth. That’s not necessary with dental implants. In addition, you’re less likely to lose other teeth when you choose dental implants that help maintain jawbone health.
Dental implants require the same oral hygiene routine that you give your own teeth. All you have to do is brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once a day.
Missing teeth can affect the way you feel about yourself. After all, you know that everyone can see the gap in your smile when you speak, smile or eat. But with dental implants, you’ll be able to live with confidence once again!
Dental implants are initially more expensive than other tooth replacement options. However, with proper oral hygiene and maintenance, they can last a lifetime. Dentures typically require refittings and eventually need to be replaced. Not so with dental implants.