Adult tooth loss can be frightening and embarrassing, but it does not have to be final. In fact, there are a number of effective restoration options to help complete your smile. Dental bridges and dentures are popular choices, but dental implants are actually one of the most effective and most secure forms of restorative dentistry. That is because the implants take advantage of both the esthetic benefits of porcelain crowns, and the strength and stability of metal, in the form of a titanium post that anchors your replacement tooth. These implants enable patients to get back to their lives, confident that their smiles will serve them well and look beautiful for many years.
What Makes Dental Implants Different Than Dentures?
Unlike dentures, dental implants offer permanent restorative treatment. The posts will be firmly affixed within your jaw, so that you can chew confidently, without fear of your crown shifting or falling out. The post itself also helps to preserve your jaw’s health, by emulating the function of your natural tooth root, which nourishes your jaw during the act of chewing. Because titanium is highly biocompatible, after treatment and time to heal, your implant should feel and function as a natural tooth would.
Will the Implant Be Obvious?
No one wants his or her restorative treatment to be quickly identifiable. Dental implants take advantage of the customizability of dental porcelain, to ensure the resulting restoration is natural-looking and beautiful. Your crown will be carefully crafted to match the surrounding teeth in shape and shade. Most people will not be able to recognize that you ever lost a tooth, or had any dental work done. With proper care a dental implant can last decades.
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To learn how to keep your teeth and gums healthy for life, subscribe to this blog, and visit Dr. Kania for a consultation. As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Ann M. Kania is specially qualified to diagnose and treat issues concerning periodontal tissue and the supportive structures of a patient’s smile, as well as place dental implants to restore teeth lost to dental disease or trauma. Dr. Kania also offers the Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) for minimally-invasive, scalpel-free gum grafting. To seek Dr. Kania’s expertise, contact her office today at (760) 642-0711.