Dental implants offer a variety of benefits over traditional tooth replacement options. Missing teeth can cause serious oral health problems over time. When teeth are missing for extended periods, bone loss, tooth alignment problems, and other issues can start occurring. Below are some of the ways that receiving dental implants at our office in Amarillo can prevent such oral health problems and improve your overall quality of life:
- Preventing Bone Loss. Dental implants replace the root of your tooth, which stimulates your jaw bone. This stimulation prevents bone loss from occurring around the missing tooth site. Other methods of tooth replacement rest on top of the gums and don’t address issues with the bone underneath.
- Preventing Dental Shifting and Alignment Problems. When a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth can start to shift into the empty socket, causing bite problems. Dental implants can prevent this shifting process and preserve the integrity of the rest of your teeth.
- Improving Your Smile and Overall Self-Esteem. Many people with missing teeth find it difficult to smile and laugh with confidence. Dental implants look identical to your natural teeth, restoring the appearance of your smile. Additionally, dental implants are completely stable and permanent, so you never have to worry about your prosthetic teeth slipping or falling out.
- Providing Reliable and Stable Functionality. Dental implants function just like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods, brush your teeth, and floss normally.
While dental implants offer patients many benefits, they may not be the right tooth replacement option for everyone. Your health history, the condition of your teeth and gums, and other factors can all affect what type of tooth replacement is right for you. Contact our office to schedule a consultation and learn more about who qualifies as a candidate for dental implant placement.