Replacing missing teeth is essential for optimum oral health and self-confidence. When teeth aren’t replaced, it can be difficult to enjoy nutritious, hard-to-eat foods. Speaking becomes challenging and self-confidence crumbles. If you want your smile’s functionality and appearance to succeed, you need an effective restorative dentistry solution. Traditional solutions like crowns, bridges, or dentures can help, but they have their limits. Dental implants, on the other hand, are different.
Dental implants are the latest, most permanent tooth replacement option available today. Dr. Gregg Lombardo can both place and restore your dental implants, meaning you can go through the entire process under the care of just one dental team. Afterwards, you can look forward to enjoying a naturally strong smile that could last for the rest of your life without ever needing adjustments.
Traditional crowns, bridges, and dentures replace your missing teeth, but they don’t do anything to replace missing roots. Dental implants are different. They’re structured like a natural tooth, with a crown on top and a titanium post underneath. Dental implants use these posts to act as tooth roots, holding a custom-made and custom-shaded crown, or a partial or full denture in place. The result is greater stability and a greater fit.
Beyond this, dental implants have several other benefits as an effective tooth replacement option:
Because traditional dentures don’t replace your missing roots, your smile will continue to change over time. As a result, dentures can slip or become loose, causing embarrassing situations and a loss of function. Dental implants replace your missing roots, encouraging bone growth in your jaw and ensuring that your bone loss comes to a halt.
When one or more of your tooth roots are missing, your jawbone begins to disintegrate. Over time, this can lead to the loss of other teeth. Dental implants help support your oral health by replacing missing roots. As a result, new bone growth is stimulated, while the jaw retains its stability and function.
Due to the bone loss that occurs with missing tooth roots, dentures and partials may need to be refitted regularly as your mouth shape changes. However, dental implants can last a lifetime if properly cared for. Caring for your implant-retained partial or denture is no different from caring for your natural smile. Just make sure you follow a regular brushing and flossing routine.
Whether you need to simply replace a single tooth or all of your teeth, contact us to discuss dental implants as an option and we can determine if you’re a qualified candidate. During a consultation visit at our Wilmington, North Carolina dental office, we can assess your oral health and needs before proposing a solution that will help you meet your goals.
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