Posted: October 23, 2012
Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that can help many people restore the appearance and function of their smiles. Dental implants are the best tooth replacement option available. The advantages they offer over other tooth replacement options are numerous. Dental implants:
- Require no special care
- Allow you to eat all your favorite foods
- Support your jaw bone and gum tissue
- Are highly attractive
- Do not damage your other teeth.
- Can be lifetime replacements
The secret to dental implants’ advantages are that they are the restoration most like your natural teeth. A dental implant is made of two parts, a metal root that is embedded in your jaw and an attractive ceramic crown that is the visual portion of the tooth. This makes it strong, without depending on other teeth for support the way dental bridges and partial dentures do, and allows it to be cleaned the way your other teeth are. It also means that they stimulate your jaw bone and gum tissue to prevent atrophy or collapse.
Because dental implants are embedded in your jaw like your natural teeth, with proper care they can be lifetime replacements. It’s important to make sure that periodontal disease is controlled before getting dental implants and to protect your mouth from this disease, which can attack the jawbone around the implant and lead to failure. Also, the dental crown is expected to wear out and may need replacing after about ten years.
If you want to learn more about what makes dental implants the best tooth replacement option, please contact Frank R. DePaola DDS & Associates, LLC.