Are you considering your tooth restoration options after losing a tooth? Dental implants offer several important advantages that make them an excellent choice. Dr. W. Timothy Brooks in Huntsville, AL helps his patients maintain healthy smiles with dental implants and other services and treatments.
What are implants?
Implants offer the only way to replace your entire tooth without compromising adjacent teeth or gums. The first step in the implant process involves adding a titanium post to an opening made in your jawbone. The post bonds to the bone and serves as a replacement root. Once bonding is complete, Dr. Brooks adds a dental crown to the top of the titanium implant. Crowns are designed to replace missing teeth above the gum line and allow you to chew and bite normally.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Dental implants offer a few benefits that other restoration options don't, including:
- No Change to Your Jawbone: The bone under your lost tooth may eventually begin to shrink. The problem occurs because your tooth roots no longer stimulate the bone. Your new implants take over for your roots, providing the stimulation needed for a strong jawbone. Thanks to your implants, you won't have to worry about the loss of additional teeth, gum tissue or facial sagging, which are common consequences of jawbone resorption.
- Improved Comfort: Dental implants feel more like natural teeth because they're securely attached to your jawbone. They won't irritate your gums or move when you take a bite of steak.
- The Only Long-Term Restoration Option: In most cases, your dental implant will never need to be replaced. If you choose to fill the gap in your smile with a dental bridge or dentures, you can expect to replace those restorations every 5 to 15 years. Although the implant itself will probably never need to be replaced, you may need to replace the crown periodically.
- No Change in Biting Power: A major decrease in biting power can be a problem when you wear dentures. If you choose implant-supported dentures instead, you won't have to avoid hard or tough foods due to sore gums.
- Easy Care: Although implants never get decay, a good oral hygiene regimen is the key to keeping your dental implants in good condition. In addition to brushing twice a day, you'll also need to floss around the base of the implant daily to prevent gum infections.
Restore your smile with dental implants! Call Dr. W. Timothy Brooks in Huntsville, AL at (256) 883-8008 to schedule your appointment.