Have you ever considered replacing missing teeth with dental implants? The increasingly popular tooth replacement option offers anideal way to restore lost teeth permanently. Dr. Paul Dunkling and Dr. Greg Penney, your Burlington and Jericho, VT, dentists at Dunkling and Penney Dentistry, share several ways that dental implants can help your smile.
Dental implants improve the appearance of your smile
A lost tooth creates a gap in your smile that's impossible to hide in many cases. Implants restore symmetry to your smile and can help you feel proud of your appearance again. A dental implant consists of a crown placed on top of a titanium implant. Over the course of several months, the implant bonds to your jawbone and eventually becomes strong enough to serve as a replacement for your missing roots.
Implants prevent bone loss
Facial sagging is an unfortunate fact of life for some people who have lost teeth. The problem occurs when the jawbone no longer receives stimulation from tooth roots. Without that stimulation, the bone eventually begins to weaken and decreases in depth, which can, in turn, affect the muscles in your lower face. Stimulation from implants prevents bone loss and sagging.
Dental implants restore normal function
If you've lost a tooth, you've probably noticed that eating has become more difficult. Pieces of food become trapped in the gap in your smile no matter how carefully you chew. The problem can be particularly annoying when you eat sticky or chewy foods. Chewing and biting may also be a challenge, depending on the location of your lost tooth. After you receive your implant, you'll be able to enjoy your favorite foods without worry again.
Implants can help you keep your smile healthy
Gaps are not a normal part of a healthy smile. After a tooth is lost, the remaining teeth try to close the space by drifting toward it. As the teeth drift, they begin to overlap, which can make removing plaque difficult. If plaque remains on your teeth long enough, cavities can occur. Your Burlington and Jericho, VT, dentists recommend replacing your missing tooth with an implant that will prevent the drift and keep your teeth straight and easy to clean.
Keep your smile strong and healthy with dental implants! Call Drs. Dunkling and Penney, your Burlington and Jericho, VT, dentists at Dunkling and Penney Dentistry to schedule an appointment