Our teeth were designed to last us a lifetime.
But the fact is, with life expectancy on the rise, so is the problem of missing teeth.
The American College of Prosthodontists reports that 178 million people are missing at least one tooth. Some 35 million are missing all of their teeth. If you are included in one of these large numbers, you probably know that several different options are available to replace missing teeth. But the option that will give you teeth with the best form and function—the most similar to your natural teeth—is dental implants.
At Kittrell Family Dentistry, we invite you to find out for yourself about how dental implants are the best replacement for one or more missing teeth. See if dental implants are a good option for you—and get both your smile and your quality of life back!
What Makes Dental Implants Better Than Other Teeth Replacement Options?
Dental implants can be used to replace one or more teeth. Generally, the implants are placed into the jawbone where the tooth root would have been. The implant fuses with the bone of the jaw over time, meaning that the implant becomes strong and unmovable. Once the crown is placed over the connector part of the implant, you are left with a tooth that looks as natural as your original tooth.
Your new dental implant functions almost exactly as well as a natural tooth, too. What this means for dental implant patients is that there are no activity or dietary restrictions, unlike with dentures.
The other advantage to dental implants is one that is lesser known: the avoidance of facial collapse.
When teeth are missing, the body receives a signal that the jawbone is no longer being used in those places. Nutrients will no longer flow to those areas of the jawbone. What happens next is that the jawbone begins to shrink, giving the face a sunken-in, aged look. With dental implants, nutrients continue to flow to the jawbone because of the titanium implant post, so there is no facial collapse.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth might be a good candidate for implants.
Come in to our office, and we will give you an examination to determine whether or not your mouth, gums, and jaw bone are healthy enough for dental implants. Because dental implants offer a safe, effective way of replacing missing teeth, almost everyone should consider them.
Caring for Dental Implants Is Easy
Just as you would take care of your natural teeth with regular flossing and brushing, the same holds true for dental implants.
You will also want to continue twice-annual visits to the dentist for cleanings and examinations. While another benefit of dental implants is that they do not develop cavities, they can become worn over the years, so it is important to make sure your dentist examines them regularly. This will help ensure they last for many years to come.
Find Out More about Dental Implants
You don’t have to live with missing teeth! Call Dr. John S. Kittrell and make an appointment to discuss dental implants at our Richmond, VA dental office.