If you have one or more missing teeth, you may be exploring your options for replacement. And there is no doubt modern dentistry provides us with a number of strong and beautiful ways to replace missing teeth. Dentures, bridges, and dental implants all give our patients new reasons to smile. But when asked which option is best, Dr. Clemente quickly answers:
“I strongly believe that implants are currently the best way to restore missing teeth in a way that closely matches the natural dentition.”
Why? Because dental implants are the only tooth solution that go beyond replacing just the tooth itself, but also replacing the tooth root. They maintain bone structure after tooth extraction, avoiding excessive bone resorption and consequent changes in jaw and facial contours. Since they are integrated in the jaw, dental implants maintain their position, helping preserve contours, contacts, profile, and overall balance within the oral structure. They also help avoid tilting of neighbor teeth and maintain neighbor teeth and gum health as close as what they would be with around a natural tooth.
Roots of teeth are important because they support surrounding bone structure. When a tooth is lost, bone will begin to deteriorate, compromising your remaining teeth and total body health. This is also the reason many who have worn dentures for years experience “sunken” or “aged” facial features.
Placing dental implants involves a simple surgery. This might sound scary, but modern anesthesia techniques, advanced technology, and new surgical procedures make dental implant placement very comfortable. In fact, implant surgery can be more comfortable than having a tooth pulled. Many patients are surprised by how comfortable the surgery and recovery is.
Once surgery is complete, Dr. Clemente caps the dental implant with a natural looking porcelain crown. The crown will fit snuggly over the implant, so it looks like it’s coming directly out of the gum tissue just like the tooth you were born with. With the final product, you can enjoy eating, speaking, laughing, and caring for your teeth just as you did before your tooth is lost.
If you have missing teeth and are currently exploring your replacement options, call Amazing Smile to schedule your consultation with Dr. Clemente.
In the end, dental implants are the closest you can get to a natural tooth! Contact us today to learn more.