Having a broken or missing tooth can be painful and upsetting and often results in losing self-esteem and confidence. Missing and broken teeth can also cause other health problems, such as jawbone loss, gum recession, crooked or crowded teeth, trouble with chewing, talking, and chronic headaches. Replacing any missing teeth is essential to your overall health.
Dental implants are the closest thing to having natural teeth and are an excellent, permanent way to replace most missing or non-restorable teeth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are tooth replacements that look and feel like natural teeth and are made to last a long time. Rather than using a removable prosthesis or an affixed bridge, implants create permanent solutions. They are the next best thing to having a natural tooth.
A dental implant consists of a small titanium screw that replaces the root portion of a missing natural tooth. The screw gets placed in your upper or lower jawbone, which provides a base for your replacement tooth. But don’t worry, it’s not as painful as it seems. Anesthesia and sedation are used during the treatment to limit your discomfort during the procedure, making sure you are as comfortable as possible.
Who might need dental implants?
Dental implants might be recommended for individuals with missing or broken teeth or those who have trouble with their dentures or bridges.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Here are the six best benefits of dental implants:
Dental Implants Look and Behave Like Natural Teeth
Most patients can’t tell the difference between their natural teeth and the implant tooth. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth because they are anchored into the jawbone. And since they don’t slip or shift, patients can eat, brush and floss like normal. At JR Dental, we complete the entire dental implant process in-house. Having a dental lab, imaging center, and in-house general and specialists all in the same practice allows us to save on third parties. We pass savings on to patients, and we’re committed to providing excellent services at a more affordable price.
Dental Implants Support Facial Bone Structure and Prevent Bone Loss
If a gap left behind by a missing tooth is not filled with something acting as a tooth root, facial structure slowly changes with the deterioration of the jawbone and shifting of neighboring teeth. Dental implants not only offer a false tooth solution, but implants also act as tooth roots since they are surgically placed in the jawbone. The jawbone then heals around the implant and minimal, if any bone loss or weakness will occur.
Dental Implants Are a Long-Lasting Solution to Tooth Loss
Dental implants are a durable and long-lasting solution for people with missing teeth. In some cases, a dental implant may last longer than a patient’s original tooth. The skilled dentists at JR Dental & Associates will install the implant securely so that you do not have to worry about it loosening or falling out. With the proper treatment, good dental hygiene, and regular visits to your dentist, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Dental Implants Improve Your Ability to Eat and Chew
People with tooth loss or those who wear dentures often complain that they cannot eat what they like and must change their diet. The reason people with dentures might have to modify their diet is that their dentures do not stay in place or their bite is ineffective, making it difficult for them to enjoy eating. Since dental implants function like your own teeth, you can eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
Dental Implants Help Restore Self-Esteem and Renew Self-Confidence
Tooth loss often lowers a person’s confidence. They hesitate to eat, talk, and laugh in public for fear of people seeing their missing teeth. Dental implants allow both your smile and mouth function to be more natural, which results in increased comfort and confidence when smiling, speaking, and eating.
Implants Can Be Used With Bridges and Dentures
Denture movement is uncomfortable! Instead of securing your dentures with a resin-based sealant, the retained dentures are securely fit onto posts secured in the jawbone. An implant-supported denture or bridge offers more freedom for chewing and eating than one not supported by an implant.
Most implant treatments can take up to 6 months to fully complete. Implant treatment begins by surgically placing the implant in your bone. There may be additional procedures, such as a sinus lift, to help facilitate good placement of the implant. There are many options for correcting missing or broken teeth, and some people may not be good candidates for implants. Our specialists are here to help you decide what treatment option is best for you.
The office of JR Dental and Associates specializes in dental implant placement and restorations. Dr. Rondon and her staff’s goal is to make dental implants affordable for more patients. If you would like to get dental implants, however, the cost keeps you from exploring the option; call us at (904) 786-5850 to learn more about the implant dentistry options we offer.