UNDERSTANDING THE BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
Often, our patients are uncertain about the purpose of dental implants (sometimes called implant-supported restorations). If your dental practitioner suggests that a dental implant is your smartest option for restoring a missing tooth, you may wonder what dental implants do and how they can enhance your smile. Implant-supported restorations provide a lasting solution to lost teeth. Dental implants are an excellent alternative to restorative dental treatments (for example, removable dentures) and have numerous benefits that can make them a smart option for many men and women in Wake Forest, NC. The remarkable team of knowledgeable oral health care professionals at DentalWorks - Wake Forest utilizes dental implants to help patients who have lost one or several teeth. These implants have done more than improve people's oral function; patients are thrilled with how dental implants provide natural-looking outcomes and give them back their smile.
HOW DENTAL IMPLANTS WORK
Not long ago, if patients were missing one or more teeth, the only options to restore them were removable dental bridges or removable dentures. Though these can restore the look and function of your teeth, traditional dentures and dental bridges both require more maintenance and can become ill fitting because of bone atrophy in the jaw and gums. This bone atrophy stems from the loss of the tooth root, which dies when it loses its tooth. An implant-supported restoration is a metal post placed into the gums and jaw to mimic the tooth's natural root. Once the metal post has healed into the bone, a specially designed implement called a gum abutment can be attached the post. This allows your dentist in Wake Forest, NC to replace the missing tooth or teeth using your custom-made, implant-supported crown. He or she may also replace several teeth using an implant-supported dental bridge or partial dentures. Patients who need to get all of their teeth replaced can receive a complete arch of teeth using implant-supported dentures. Unlike traditional restorations, implant-supported dentures can be treated just like natural teeth, meaning you won't have need to worry about food restrictions and/or special cleaning instructions.
SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF HAVING DENTAL IMPLANTS
You may still choose a traditional dental bridge or removable dentures, but they might not provide you with the best outcome over time. There are a lot of benefits to opting for dental implants, starting with:
Implant-supported restorations are designed to last for a long time. Provided that you maintain your oral hygiene and see your dental practitioner in Wake Forest, NC for routine examinations and cleanings, your dental implant can last for several years. During your yearly comprehensive dental exam, your dentist will assess the condition and comfort of your dental implant to determine whether it needs to be refitted, repaired, or exchanged with a new one.
- MUCH LESS EFFECT ON ABUTTING TEETH
Implant-supported restorations function like your normal teeth. Patients won't need to worry about them harming neighboring teeth. Other oral restorations may need the adjacent teeth to be filed down; however, this is not the case for readying the area for implant-supported restorations. You can rest assured that the neighboring teeth will stay healthy and intact.
DentalWorks - Wake Forest uses dental restorations (for example, crowns, bridges, or dentures) that are custom made out of high-quality materials. The post implanted in the jawbone will be made from titanium, a material that will not decay. Dental implants will allow you to eat any foods you choose without needing to worry about harming your restoration.
- THEY LOOK NATURAL
Among the biggest concerns that people have regarding a dental restoration is whether the outcome will appear natural. One great thing about dental implants is that they blend in with the color and size of your natural teeth when they are designed out of medical-grade materials by experts in a dental laboratory. The outcomes will be so good that your friends and family won't know which ones are your natural teeth and which ones are dental implants (unless you choose to tell them).
The price of implant-supported restorations may seem less reasonable in contrast to other options, like bridges or dentures, but they may actually be less costly in the long run. Oftentimes, bridges or dentures have to be repaired and/or replaced; therefore, the costs can add up quickly. That doesn't even include the cost of denture adhesives (for loose-fitting dentures) and tablets for nightly cleaning. Dental implants are made from a high-quality material and constructed to last a long time.
- NO LOOSENESS
While traditional restorations (for example, crowns, bridges, and removable dentures) can start to feel loose over time, an experienced dentist will make sure that the implanted post is secure before he or she will connect your custom restoration. The post requires a few months to heal into your jawbone and gums; however, once it does, it provides a great base for your attached restoration. If you do have any looseness, set up an appointment with your dentist in Wake Forest, NC to get your restoration modified.
- NO EXTRA CLEANING REQUIREMENTS
Unlike other dental restoration] options (for instance, removable dentures), dental implants are taken care of and cleaned exactly like your natural teeth. They don't have to be soaked overnight, and you'll never be required to apply messy denture adhesives in the morning. You don't have to follow any particular cleaning routine for the restoration. You should continue to brush and floss at least twice day to prolong the viability of the dental restoration. Although the durable materials used to make your restoration are more stain resistant than your natural enamel, they could still become stained, so be sure to brush your teeth after having dark-colored foods and beverages, such as colas, red wine, and tomato sauce.
- AN INCREASED LEVEL OF SELF-ESTEEM
A person's confidence and self-esteem might take a hit if he or she felt others might be judging them because of having missing teeth. Implant-supported restorations can allow these insecurities to be problems of the past. You may find yourself grinning more, laughing more freely, and speaking without hesitation once you’ve become used to your dental implant.
WHERE CAN I SET UP A CONSULTATION?
If implanted restorations sound like something you would be interested in learning more about, contact our staff at DentalWorks - Wake Forest to schedule your appointment. Our office in Wake Forest, NC has the skills required to transform your smile into something that you will want to share with the world. Our team will help you through the process and create your customized treatment program to achieve your smile goals. You’ll feel free to have meals, socialize, and speak with much more confidence once the restorations restore your smile. Contact us today to see why our patients in Wake Forest, NC can’t stop grinning after an appointment at our practice.