A space in your smile due to lost teeth don’t have to be permanent and dentures aren’t your only answer. Dental implants are the new gold standard for replacing missing teeth. They look and function just like natural teeth and can last a lifetime.
At the Dental Office of Dr. Igor Babenkov, D.D.S., implants are offered as the number one replacement for missing teeth. They consist of a surgically-implanted post that’s fastened into your gum line. A crown sits upon this replacement root to give you a durable tooth-like structure that looks and feels just like your own.
Consider dental implants for your missing teeth. Read on to learn why there really is no better choice.
A natural look
With dental implants, no one will know you have places where teeth were missing. Dental implants include a crown that matches the color, shape, and size of your teeth. As a result, no one will know you ever had a gap in your smile.
If you opt for dentures to replace missing teeth, you may find they slip or fit awkwardly, affecting your speech. Implants function just like natural teeth, so they don’t affect your speech at all. You don’t have to worry about slurring or lisping as you adjust to their fit.
Eat everything you want
When you have dentures to replace missing teeth, you often have limitations on what you can and can’t eat. Certain foods interfere with your denture’s fit or make hygiene hard. Implants can chew all the foods your natural teeth can – so no awkward meal times.
Dr. Babenkov fuses dental implants into the jawbone, creating an artificial “root” that stimulates it so it continues to make more bone tissue and remain healthy and supportive of your facial structure. Without implants to fill in missing teeth, it’s very possible you could experience bone deterioration that can alter the shape of your face and make you look older. With dentures, there’s no root to stimulate the jawbone, so you can suffer loss of bone tissue. Implants, however support a healthy jaw.
Preserve surrounding teeth
A bridge is a common replacement for missing teeth. This procedure consists of placing crowns on the teeth surrounding a missing tooth or teeth. The false tooth is anchored to these crowns.
To apply the crowns, however, a portion of your existing teeth must be filed down – even if they’re perfectly healthy.
With dental implants, the dentist has no need to cut down any of your natural teeth. Plus, implants fill in spaces where teeth are missing and prevent the shifting of remaining teeth that will occur if these spaces remain unfilled.
Appropriate for most people
As long as you have healthy gums and bone structure, your dental implants have a 98% success rate. Implants can replace one or more missing teeth and even serve as a base for a whole row of missing teeth if you choose implant-supported dentures.
Dental implants call for just the same care as your natural teeth. When you keep up with good oral hygiene that involves twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and regular visits to our office for check-ups and professional cleanings, your implants can last a lifetime.
Feel better about your smile
Gaps in your smile can make you feel self-conscious. With dental implants, you can confidently smile without fearing people will see the gap or that they’ll slip or fall out. Implants look just like your natural teeth.
Here at the Dental Office of Dr. Igor Babenkov, D.D.S., we’re committed to your oral health. Dental implants are an important part of that care if you have missing teeth. To learn if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, contact our office today.