Do you need to have a tooth removed, or are you already missing teeth? If so, replacing your missing teeth promptly will be essential to maintaining your oral health and function. The longer you leave your smile gaps unfilled, the higher the risks that your remaining teeth will move, your bite will shift, you’ll develop more oral health problems, and you’ll eventually lose even more teeth.
At JL Dental, we understand the danger of allowing your missing teeth to go untreated, and one of the best options for tooth replacement offered by our practice is dental implants. As their name implies, dental implants are implanted into the jawbone to provide both advanced strength and a more attractive appearance.
We both place and restore dental implants, which means you won’t have to shuffle between multiple oral health professionals to have the entire process completed. The titanium screws that we place in your jawbone will be topped off with beautiful porcelain crowns, which will fill in the gaps left by lost teeth and help you regain your beautiful smile. No other form of tooth replacement involves replacing the roots, which is what sets dental implants apart from fixed bridges and dentures.
Dental implants come with a range of benefits that include:
Dental implants are a great option for lasting oral health because they help keep your jawbone strong as well as your smile. Many people don’t realize that tooth loss leads to bone loss; without roots to support, the jaw bone begins to naturally deteriorate. But when you replace those missing roots with titanium dental implants, you can halt the damaging process and hang on to your youthful facial shape.
Dental implants are a versatile option for tooth replacement as well. If you’re missing a single tooth, one dental implant and crown can offer relief. If you’re missing several teeth, we can anchor a bridge with dental implants, and patients unhappy with their dentures can opt for implant-supported dentures, too. To see how they could help your smile, contact us today.
The dental implant procedure is divided into two phases: placement and restoration. Many dentists refer the initial procedure out to a periodontist or oral surgeon, but at JL Dental, our team of doctors has undergone significant training and collected vast experience in implant placement. That means we can take care of the entire procedure from the comfort of our state-of-the-art office--you won’t have to leave the place where you already feel at home.
Dental crowns and bridges offer improved stability and security for patients who have experienced tooth loss, and when they are retained by dental implants, the results are even better. For single tooth loss, an implant-retained crown can restore it while keeping the surrounding teeth intact — unlike with a traditional bridge, which requires the surrounding teeth to be reshaped to act as anchors for the prosthetic device. Implant crowns can even be used to form their own bridge to replace multiple teeth missing in a row while keeping the rest of the smile intact.
Implant-retained dentures offer better stability and security compared to traditional removable dentures. Prosthetic teeth that are held in place with dental implants do not slip or slide around like those that simply rest on your gums. Plus, there is no need for a denture adhesive or cream. Implant-retained dentures also need to be replaced far less often than a traditional set, as the jawbone stays healthier and retains its full, youthful shape.