Damaged or missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your smile and even cause problems when biting or chewing. For some patients, ill-fitting dentures or removable partials can be uncomfortable and cumbersome. When saving your natural teeth isn’t possible, dental implants are a more permanent solution to get your smile back.
What is an implant?
A dental implant is an artificial replacement that closely resembles your natural teeth, making it a popular choice for people with missing teeth. The implant acts as an artificial root anchored to your jawbone to hold a crown or denture. It offers a number of benefits over traditional crowns and dentures. Dental implants are designed to last upwards of 25 years.
Benefits of dental implants
Dousman Family Dentistry works closely with oral surgeons and periodontists to create custom dental implants that look and feel like your own teeth. Dental implant benefits include:
- Comfort: A dental implant feels just like your natural tooth. You may even forget you have it! It replaces the hassle and discomfort of removable partials or dentures that can slip or rub, creating irritation.
- Longevity: With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
- Strength: Traditional bridges and partials use surrounding teeth for support, adding extra stress to them that dental implants don’t.
- Aesthetics: Dental implants literally look like your other teeth and feel like them, too. Because the fit is so comfortable, you’ll feel more confident in your smile.