An estimated 125 million Americans suffer from one common condition: tooth loss. For many of these people, the loss of one or more teeth takes a hard hit on their confidence and self image. Sometimes social gatherings centered around food are even avoided because they find it too difficult or awkward to eat. But because of dental implants, there is hope! Tooth replacement therapy has enhanced the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of people, providing them with tremendous benefits, including the following:
- Increased comfort through elimination of loose fitting partials or dentures.
- A more natural smile that you are more comfortable and confident with a mouth restored as closely as possible to a natural state.
- Improved health with improved nutrition, and the ability to chew a wider variety of foods.
- Preservation of facial structure and likely reduction of jaw deterioration.
A dental implant is a substitute or replacement root that provides a stable foundation for a replacement tooth. The implant is firmly anchored into the jawbone through “osseointegration,” meaning the natural process in which the bone and the implant become integrated. This provides the same stability as natural teeth, and makes it possible to provide replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like normal teeth.
If you are missing one or more teeth or have a loose fitting denture, talk to your dentist about how a dental implant can help you enjoy life again. Eat the crunchy, difficult-to-chew foods you like, smile with renewed confidence, and express yourself without the fear of your dentures becoming loose and falling out. For more information about implants and tooth replacement therapy, contact our office at (208)722-6400.