Are you one of nearly 180 million people living in the United States who is missing at least one tooth? More than 35 million Americans do not have any teeth. These numbers are expected to grow in the next two decades!
Tooth loss causes more problems than a gap in your smile. Other teeth will drift into the new spaces and cause changes to your bite. There is a reduced ability to break down food by chewing which will cause digestive disorders, nutritional deficiencies, and an impaired immune system.
Although many people still opt for dentures as an effective replacement for missing teeth, the option that will give you the form and function most similar to your natural teeth is dental implants.
If you are one of the many Americans living with missing teeth, talk to Dr. Richard Mancuso of Carrollwood Village Dental about dental implants. Learn more about why they are a safe and effective replacement for missing teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are made of titanium. They are placed into the jawbone where the root of the missing tooth used to be. The titanium post of the implant connects to a replacement tooth, which is called a crown. The complete dental implant plus crown not only looks like your natural tooth, but it will function nearly the same as well. Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire mouth of missing teeth.
Dental implants can also be used to improve a denture, which is called an Overdenture. An Overdenture allows your denture to be supported by dental implants instead of resting only on your gums. The Overdenture has special attachments that allow it to clip onto the dental implants, so patients do not have to worry about the dentures shifting in their mouth or falling out.
Who Should Get Dental Implants?
Almost anyone who is missing one or more teeth, and whose mouth is healthy enough, is a candidate for dental implants. The best way to find out if they are a good option for you is to talk to Dr. Mancuso. He will tell you if dental implants are right for you.
What Are Advantages to Dental Implants?
Of course dental implants look very similar to a patient’s natural teeth. But most patients find that the best advantage to dental implants is that there are no activity or dietary restrictions with dental implants. With dental implants, you can eat all of your favorite foods and participate in all of the activities you would with your natural teeth.
In addition, there is none of the shifting of teeth that occurs with dentures. Talking, eating, and laughing are comfortable and natural.
There is another advantage to dental implants that many people don’t know about. When teeth are missing, the body receives a signal that the jawbone is no longer being used, so nutrients are no longer sent to the jawbone. This causes loss of bone and the jawbone to shrink. Over time, people develop a sunken-in look that makes them look older. This doesn’t happen with dental implants because the jawbone is stimulated with the implants the same as it would be with tooth roots.
How Do I Care for Dental Implants?
Floss and brush as you normally would and visit your dentist twice each year for cleanings and examinations. You cannot develop cavities in your implants, but they can still get gum disease if you do not care for them. So it’s important to visit your dentist for checkups regularly.
Find Out More About Dental Implants
Find out for yourself if dental implants are a good option for you—and get both your smile and your quality of life back! Call us and make an appointment to discuss dental implants with Dr. Mancuso of Carrollwood Village Dental!