The numbers say that over 36 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. An even more staggering number is that over 120 million people are missing at least one tooth. When a permanent tooth is lost it can be scary and it can make life a little more challenging. Even basic daily things like talking, chewing and even taking a simple picture with someone you love can be embarrassing or harder than it was when you had a mouth full of teeth. Solutions like dentures can make you feel like you have aged prematurely and are often uncomfortable because they are not permanent solutions.
Implants are changing the way people live! With dental implants, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life. Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. If you've lost teeth you can regain the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Because a little known fact is that if you don't replace a missing tooth right away, jaw bone loss begins pretty quickly, and the biggest consequence of jaw bone loss is premature aging; which no one wants.
Dental implants are small titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing.Implants are actually the only tooth replacement option that replaces the tooth from the root up. All other tooth replacement options only focus on the visible part of the tooth which causes the bite to shift as other teeth move to fill the open space. With a dental implant, the bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for the replacement tooth or teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing which leads to premature aging. Still have questions about implants? Check out our blog titled Common Questions About Dental Implants.