At Arcadia Dentistry in Phoenix, we understand the discomfort that missing teeth can cause. The most immediate concern many patients have is how missing a tooth can have an immediate and dire effect on their appearance. Front-facing teeth are the first things people notice when they great you or spend time with you. Over time, patients start to discover how other areas in their life are also affected. Bite function can suffer when chewing is not dispersed evenly throughout your teeth, which can stress your existing teeth and lead to erosion—leading to further tooth loss!
If you are missing one or more teeth, Dr. Matthew Milana may recommend dental implants to help improve your quality of life and appearance.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots by providing a long-lasting foundation for replacement teeth, or dental crowns. Tooth implants are an excellent long-term solution that has many oral health benefits that other dental restorations like dentures or dental bridges and crowns do not provide. The best part is that dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth, making them the gold standard in tooth replacement options.
The dental implant site is prepared and the Implant is placed with a special healing cap. Once your implant heals, it establishes a strong and healthy connection to your jaw bone, which stimulates and helps preserve it just like a natural tooth would. This also creates a new root structure so your tooth can be restored to its optimum shape & function. Dental implants can also be used to retain dentures and bridges, so you’ll never have to worry about them falling out or shifting anymore.
Dental implants are the same as existing teeth, so eat what you like and laugh as much as you want. No one will ever be able to tell you’ve had dental restoration work done.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Missing one or more teeth not only affects what and how you eat (and ultimately your nutrition; they can lead to more missing teeth! Without a tooth root to secure your jawbone, the bone starts to recede. This leads to the “sunken” appearance that happens when people lose multiple teeth. Not only does this affect your look, but it also changes the whole shape of your jaw. Neighboring teeth start to shift toward the gap, which misaligns your bite and often requires orthodontic treatment to straighten.
The longer a Phoenix patient waits to restore their teeth, the more dental work they may need in the future to repair the damage created by teeth shifting or bone recession.
Other benefits of long-lasting, durable dental implants include:
- Preservation of the integrity of your jaw bone structure
- Prevention of shifting of neighboring teeth
- Durable tooth replacement
- Restoration of bite function, which limits enamel and tooth erosion
- Look and feel like your existing teeth
- Easy to speak without feeling bulky or unnatural
- Prevention of facial sagging that happens with long-term missing teeth
- Easy replacement if the dental crown cracks or breaks
- No slipping and moving as with dentures
- Easy maintenance
While there are other dental restoration procedures, dental implants are the only ones that integrate with your jawbone and prevent bone shrinkage and tooth collapse. Dentures and dental bridges may eventually need to be replaced or adjusted because of changes in your smile when bone recedes. Dental implants are the only procedure that maintains your oral health.
Are You Ready to Improve Your Smile?
If you are living with missing teeth, you can change your smile and improve your life. Contact Arcadia Dentistry to see if dental implants are a good option for you and your lifestyle. Dr. Milana and his dedicated dental team look forward to meeting your dental needs and expectations.