If you have one or more missing teeth, it's important to investigate the different options for replacing those missing teeth. Dr. White is an expert in restoring missing teeth using several different methods, but he routinely counsels his patients to consider Dental Implants if he thinks they are a good option for you. Here are some of the most important benefits of dental implants.
Unlike dentures, which are fitted to your gums and held by suction or attached to surrounding teeth with wires, dental implants are anchored into your jaw tissue. Because they fuse with the bone similarly to your teeth, they are independently supported, which means they look and function just like teeth. This means that you won't have to worry about denture adhesives or metal hooks. Your implants will look and function just like your natural teeth. In addition to helping you to avoid embarrassment and hassles, dental implants make it easier to eat and talk with confidence.
When patients get traditional dental bridges or dentures, they are usually charged with the task of trying to brush and floss around complicated metal structures that hold the teeth in place, or removing the denture to clean it frequently. However, because dental implants are designated to be true copies of the natural teeth, they are as easy to care for as your natural teeth. Dental implants simply need to be brushed, flossed, rinsed, and checked regularly by your dentist.
If you want a dental repair that will stand the test of time, dental implants are the solution you have been looking for. Unlike dentures, which typically need to be replaced after 5-10 years, research has shown that dental implants, when cared for properly, can last for a lifetime.
In addition to longevity and natural function, dental implants help to keep your jawbone healthy and strong. When you talk and eat during the day, your natural teeth and your dental implants transfer pressure that stimulates the bone of your jaw. This stimulation promotes blood flow and cell growth, which keeps your jawbone healthy and strong. Unfortunately, dentures don't offer this stimulation, which means that your bone tissue can slowly deteriorate and dissolve away -- which can eventually change the shape of your face.
Most people don't realize it, but bridges can actually affect the health of the teeth that help to support them. For example, some fixed bridges use neighboring healthy teeth for support, which means that those teeth are constantly tugged throughout the day. Also, bridges are typically attached by caps to adjacent teeth, healthy tooth enamel must be ground away to create a proper fit. As a dentist concerned with his patients' long term health, Dr. White is always hesitant to remove healthy tissue for any reason. Dental implants are completely independent of adjacent teeth. Additionally, they protect the alignment of your mouth by replacing missing teeth and preventing adjacent natural teeth from moving out of position.
Last but not least, dental implants are a great way to completely Makeover Your Smile. At Advanced Dental Concepts, Dr. White will talk with you about how you want your smile to look, and then work hard to restore a complete and beautiful set of teeth. Since implants are completely customized for your mouth, you won't have to worry about your prosthetic teeth blending in with existing natural teeth. Your smile will look natural, feel comfortable, and help you to avoid embarrassing situations.
Contact Us today to discuss whether dental implants are right for you. Dr. Sander I. White and his friendly staff are always happy to meet new patients. We are proud to serve patients from Broomall, Philadelphia, and all over Delaware County.