Quality dental implants are the most effective surgical components for tooth replacement in Boca Raton and around the world. Implants look, feel, and function like real teeth. An implant is made up of a small titanium post that supports an attached dental prosthesis or artificial tooth. Prosthesis examples include dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. The artificial tooth supported by the implant is the only resulting component visible in your mouth after the tooth replacement procedure. The implant fixture itself rests beneath your gum line in the bony socket used to hold your missing tooth or teeth. Two, four or more implants can be used to support multiple dental crowns, a bridge, or even an entire arch of upper or lower replacement teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth or all your teeth, dental implants are preferred and recommended by cosmetic dentists, prosthodontists, periodontists, endodontists, and patients alike. Why are dental implants so important when considering tooth replacement options? Dental Implants offer the following tooth replacing benefits:
Implants Look, Feel, and Function Like Real Teeth
Your natural teeth have roots securely attached to your jawbone. Similarly, dental implants bond to bone through the process of osseointegration. This implant to bone connection is possible because dental implants are made of titanium, a metal that has a unique ability to fuse with living bone. For instance, after an implant is inserted during a minor procedure performed at our Boca Raton dental office by cosmetic dentist Dr. Huber, the implant will solidly fuse to your bone within several months.
Once fused, your implant supported replacement tooth or teeth will feel completely natural and lifelike. Implant supported teeth are also visually indistinguishable from natural teeth. A new prosthetic tooth supported by a dental implant gives you the ability to eat, speak, and smile with complete confidence. Implants never slip or shift in your mouth like removable dentures often do.
Long Lasting Tooth Replacement
Because implants can connect to the jaw bone or even skull bone, dental implants provide a permanent tooth replacement solution for missing teeth. There are other tooth replacement methods in cosmetic dentistry, such as porcelain veneers, removable dentures, and bridgework. However, these forms of tooth replacement may need to be replaced or remade more often. Properly cleaned dental implants should last a lifetime. That's what makes this choice of tooth replacement the best long-term value compared to other cosmetic dental treatments.
Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss
You may not know it, but bone loss inevitably follows tooth loss. Bone is a living tissue that requires constant stimulation to rebuild itself and stay healthy. In your jaw bone's case, the bone stimulation comes from your teeth. When even one tooth is lost, the bone beneath the existing tooth begins to resorb or melt away. This loss of bone can give your face a prematurely aged appearance and leave your jaw more vulnerable to bone fractures if left untreated for too long. Fortunately, dental implants halt the process of bone loss by naturally fusing to and stabilizing your jaw bone. No other tooth replacement solution can offer this wonderful health benefit!
Natural Teeth Near Implants Are Safe
Dental implants have no effect on the health of adjacent natural teeth. However, other tooth replacement solutions can weaken adjacent teeth. With dental bridgework, for example, the natural teeth on either side of a gap left by a missing tooth must provide support for the dental bridge. This can stress the adjacent natural teeth, leaving them more susceptible to tooth decay. Likewise, a partial denture relies on adjacent real teeth for support and may cause these teeth to loosen over time. Dental implants are stand-alone tooth replacements that don't rely on support from adjacent natural teeth.
Dental Implants Are Easy to Maintain
Caring for dental implanted teeth is no different than caring for your natural teeth. You should brush and floss around implants on a daily basis. You will never have to apply special creams and adhesives or soak them in a glass overnight, as you would with dentures. Another great perk is that implants will never need a filling or a root canal, as natural teeth supporting bridgework might. While dental implants can never decay, they can still be compromised by gum disease or gingivitis. Good oral hygiene and regular visits to your Boca Raton dentist for professional teeth cleanings and oral exams are the best ways to prevent gum disease. Seeing your dentist and maintaining oral health will also ensure your dental implants last a lifetime, as they're designed to do.
How Long Do Implants Take to Restore Teeth?
Based on a patient's custom treatment plan, each implant case requires a different amount of time to develop a fully functional dental implant. A patient's dental history, medical history, physical health, oral health, the number of implants requested, and the implant techniques and materials used all play a role in the time required to successfully implant teeth.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Similar to the timeframe in which implants can restore teeth, the cost of dental implants varies. This is due to treatment plans being unique for each patient. Customized treatment plans for implants include varying amounts of appointments and procedures. The implant process is customized based on factors including patient gum health, the number of teeth being replaced, the implant materials used, your dental insurance, and the location of your implant dentist. A combination of these treatment factors may increase of decrease costs quite a bit. For more information about the possible cost of an implant or set of dental implants, please contact our Boca Raton implant dentist.
Additional Implant Information
For more information on Dental Implants in Boca Raton, FL call Reserve Dental Group at (561) 852-7773 today!
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