If you have lost one or more teeth, you’re probably looking into a number of different options right now. Leaving your teeth alone could result in even more problems, such as a further loss of teeth, a change in your facial features, and more. Our dental implants in South Jordan and Layton, Utah, are one of the most effective and popular options for tooth replacement. To learn more about life with dental implants, contact Pro Edge Dental at 801-874-1000 and arrange your visit with Drs. Kip Jones, Chad Wagstaff and Doug White.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that provides a base for replacement tooth. This is a long-term solution for people who have missing teeth or chronic dental problems, and is a popular choice over dentures, bridges, and crowns. Implants have many benefits which is why they are such a popular choice among patients.
Dental implants can eventually feel and function like your natural teeth. You won’t even be able to tell that you have them most of the time. Because of this, they have set a new standard in tooth replacement.
Dental implants will never slip or move out of place, and you don’t need to worry about using special cleaners or glues to keep them in place. With proper care, your implants will last.
Another great bonus of implants is that you won’t need healthy teeth to be filed down or altered to have them placed. Some other dental treatments require this, but implants do not. There’s a 95% success rate according to studies, so you can feel confident that you’ve chosen the right treatment.
Why Have Dental Implants?
If you have lost one tooth or multiple teeth from an accident or disease, having an implant is one of the most simple and natural-looking ways to remedy the problem.
The Three Parts of a Dental Implant
- The Implant – a screw, which will be the new root of your teeth. It is permanently attached to your jaw.
- The Abutment – a connector that holds your tooth or set of teeth. It is permanent but can be removed by your doctor if the need arises.
- The Crown – this is the prosthetic tooth, the part that you can see. Usually made of either porcelain or zirconium since both materials look like natural teeth. You don’t have to have one, but it looks more natural if you do.
How Can Dental Implants Be Used?
Dental implants can be used by our dentists to fill in gaps where you have lost teeth. They can replace one tooth or a whole set of teeth. You can choose this solution for both your upper and lower set of teeth. There are very few limitations when it comes to dental implants.
Health Benefits of An Implant
Health benefits are a huge reason to choose this solution. Dental implants are one of the healthiest choices you can make for missing teeth.
Implants can help to prevent bone loss in the jaw. If you don’t do anything about a lost tooth soon after it is lost, natural erosion of bone will soon start, and you could lose other teeth. You could perhaps even develop a sunken look in the face. As the implant will connect with your bone, it will stop any deterioration from taking place and ensure your youthful looks remain intact. Not only will you improve your facial structure, you should also experience better oral health as a result.
You will be able to eat a range of healthy foods with implants, including nuts and fruit. With some treatments, you must be careful about what you eat, as biting down too hard on something could potentially damage your teeth. Apples, for example, have been known to chip false teeth. This means that the choice to have an implant can impact your general health in a positive way. You can eat many different kinds of foods and won’t have to worry about the impact on your teeth.
Caring For Your Implants
Caring for your implants properly ensures that they last a lifetime. This makes them one of the best investments you can make for long-term tooth replacement. You shouldn’t need any periodic adjustments either, so once your implants are in place, you can carry on as normal. You won’t need to think about your implant very much, make lots of follow up appointments or worry about what you eat. You can simply continue with your life and diet, as well as keep up a good oral health routine. Nobody will know that you have an implant, and it’s likely even you’ll forget!