Dental Implants Preserve Your Smile
A missing tooth not only affects your appearance but can also affect your oral health. Dr. Manny Valerin, your Peoria, IL dentist, explains how dental implants can help you preserve your smile.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants replace your tooth roots. Your dentist drills a hole in your jawbone and drops a tiny titanium implant inside the opening. Implants are made from titanium because this metal has a very special property: it can fuse to bone. That process, called osseointegration, takes some time. After your dentist places your implant below your gum line, you'll need to wait three to six months for the implant to bond to the surrounding bone.
Once your Peoria dentist is satisfied that the implant is strong and stable, he'll attach an abutment, which will be used to place a crown on top of the implant. With the crown in place, you'll be able to eat and chew normally.
Implant are great confidence boosters
It's only natural to feel self-conscious about the way you look if you've lost a tooth. You may even avoid smiling or attending social functions because you're embarrassed. Dental implants restore your smile. Once your crown is attached, no one will even realize that you ever lost a tooth.
Dental implants offer important advantages
Bridges and crowns can replace missing teeth, but they don't offer the advantages that dental implants do, such as:
- Better jawbone health: Your teeth roots don't just keep your teeth firmly anchored in your jaw. They also keep the bone strong by constantly stimulating it. Once the tooth is gone, the stimulation stops. Over time, loss of stimulation can cause your jawbone to shrink and weaken. Your new dental implants provides the stimulation the jawbone needs to remain strong.
- Better oral health: When you lose a tooth, the nearby teeth drift toward the opening and eventually overlap. Because it's difficult to clean plaque from the overlapping areas, your risk of tooth decay increases. Implants solve the problem by preventing drifting of the surrounding teeth.
- Normal biting power: Your biting power will be reduced with dentures, which means it will be difficult or impossible to eat hard foods. Since there's no reduction in biting power with dental implants, you can continue to eat your favorite foods without worry.
Do dental implants sound like a good option for you? Why not call Dr. Manny Valerin, your Peoria, IL dentist, at (309) 693-2310 and find out if you're a good candidate for this tooth replacement option? Restore your smile with dental implants!