While our primary or “baby” teeth are supposed to fall out, our adult teeth are supposed to be permanent. But sometimes things happen like tooth decay, gum disease or trauma wherein we end up losing one or more of our adult teeth. For many years, there were two options available for replacing missing teeth which were dentures and bridges. But nowadays, people who would like to replace missing teeth can choose dental implants, regardless if they are missing one, several or all their teeth.
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed in the jawbone. Once the site has healed completely, an artificial tooth top or crown is placed on top of the implant to finish the procedure. Dental implants can also be used to hold bridges or dentures in place in the case that several teeth are being replaced.
When a dental implant is used to replace a tooth, it looks, feels and functions just like a natural tooth. Because the implant is anchored into the jaw, it actually becomes a part of your bone structure.
Benefits Of Dental Implants
Dental implants are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement today. The benefits of replacing missing teeth with dental implants include:
- Improved aesthetics for better self-esteem
- More confidence when spending time around others talking, smiling, laughing and eating
- More convenient than dentures that need adhesives to hold them in place
- Improved chewing for better nutrition & digestion
Are Dental Implants Right For You?
The ideal candidate for dental implants has healthy gums and adequate bone in the jaw that’s needed to support the implant. If you are interested in replacing your missing teeth, talk to your dentist to see if dental implants are right for you.
Contact Your Brandywine / Wilmington, Hockessin, Middletown and Newark Dentist Today
If you would like to find out if you could benefit by replacing one or more missing teeth with dental implants, please contact us at one of our three offices in Brandywine / Wilmington, Middletown, Hockessin or Newark today to set up an appointment. Your dentist will let you know if dental implants are right for you. We help many people just like you restore their smiles naturally with dental implants so they can enjoy replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like natural teeth.