There are many ways one can lose a tooth. Everything from dental disease to facial injuries and beyond. Tooth loss can impact your ability to speak properly, chew your food, and hamper your self-confidence. Thankfully, here in Mt Airy at L Dean Simmons DDS there’s a simple and permanent way to fix tooth loss and restore functionality while also preserving a natural-looking smile and current facial contours: dental implant restorations. They are a more long-term alternative to dental crowns and/or bridges. Dental implant restorations are full replacements for lost teeth that look and function like the originals. Normally, the false tooth is bonded to a titanium post, which is then surgically fixed to the jawbone. There are two main types of dental implants most commonly employed by modern dentists:
- Endosteal – This is the most common implant, where the metal implant comes in the form of a screw, post, or blade that is bonded directly into the jawbone. This protects against bone decay while also being able to hold one or more prosthetic teeth firmly in place.
- Subperiosteal – In certain situations, direct implant boding to the jawbone may not be possible for a patient, either due to bone height or other health issues. Therefore, the implant is instead secure on top of the jawbone, using a metal framework that comes up through the gum to hold the implant in place.
- Convenience – Rather than having to maintain and keep track of removable dentures, implants eliminate the mess, fuss, and ongoing cost, requiring no more effort than normal teeth.
- Durability – When you choose a high-quality implant restoration, can last for decades—even a lifetime! It can offer a more long-term solution than a temporary dental cap or bridge.
- Aesthetics – With no caps or bridges, dental implant restorations look and function just like ordinary teeth. No one will be able to tell the difference when you flash your now-full smile!
- Confidence – And speaking of full smiles, what better way to give your self-esteem a boost than to fill in unsightly gaps with a dental implant? You’ll enjoy better comfort, oral function, and appearance without having to worry about constant maintenance or care.