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Ready to Enjoy Meals Again? Try a Dental Implant
Posted on March 21st, 2017
When was the last time you actually sat down to eat without dreading the discomfort or embarrassment you were likely to experience? After losing a tooth many things can become difficult, including chewing and even smiling with confidence. The great news is that modern dental prostheses are designed to provide comfort while chewing, and renewed confidence, as well. This means you no longer have to settle for an incomplete or uncomfortable smile because of adult tooth loss. Instead, you could find out how a dental implant could help restore your smile with natural-looking and comfortable results!
What Makes Implants Unique?
Dental implants are unique when compared to other dental prostheses in a number of ways. First and perhaps most importantly, implants are the only form of prostheses that helps to replace both a missing tooth and its root. A healthy tooth root serves a few important functions, including stabilizing the tooth and also supplying nutrients to the jaw. This is what allows the jaw to retain its structure over time. Sadly, after the loss of a tooth and the debilitation of its healthy root, the jaw can shrink. This is particularly true when several teeth have been lost.
Implants help to prevent this, because they use a biocompatible mimic root to nourish the jaw and stabilize a replacement tooth.
Implants can be used to hold a partial or full denture in place firmly, or with full crowns or individual fake teeth in order to complete the smile.
How Do You Know If You Qualify for an Implant?
To see if you are a good candidate for a dental implant, you will need to schedule a consultation with your restorative dentist. Before an implant can be placed, the gums must be determined healthy enough to support them. In some cases, this may mean that periodontal therapy is first required, to restore the gums health.