What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

Graphic image of a dental implant with the post on the left and an implant with a dental crown on the right

If you need one or more teeth replaced then you’ve probably heard about dental implants. But what are the advantages of dental implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

Before we talk about the advantages of dental implants, let’s explain what they are. A dental implant functions as a replacement for your tooth root. This allows missing teeth to be securely replaced. The implant is a metal frame or post that is surgically placed in your jawbone. It becomes a strong foundation upon which false teeth or dental crowns can be placed. The implants are invisible so that when your false teeth or crowns are placed on top of the implants, you can’t even tell that they are different from your natural teeth.

What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

Dental implants are sturdy and permanent. They bond with your jawbone after they’ve been surgically placed. They are often a more attractive alternative to replacing missing teeth than dentures, which can be uncomfortable. Unlike dentures, dental implants won’t move around in your mouth when you’re eating and talking. They also feel and look more natural than other alternatives. This is because they function almost exactly like a tooth root. They can also last for many years with proper care. Therefore it’s important to maintain good oral health habits. Always brush twice a day, floss at least daily and eat a healthy diet low in carbs and sugars. Dental implants also have the advantage of allowing you to clean your teeth easily and therefore keep your teeth happy and healthy.

How Are Dental Implants Placed?

Now that you know what the advantages of dental implants are, let’s discuss the process by which they are placed in your mouth. The first step is to make an appointment with us so we can determine whether you are a good candidate. If you are, we’ll then schedule a time to surgically place the implant into your jawbone. Once that procedure is done and you are beginning to heal, the bone in your jaw will start to grow around the dental implant and hold it in place. This process can take several months but once the bone has fused completely with the dental implant, we’ll start placing the artificial replacement teeth. These teeth are each custom made specifically for you so that they will match the shape, size, and color of your teeth and they’ll blend in perfectly with your natural teeth.

One-Stop Shop at Helotes Family Dentistry

If you think you might be a good candidate for dental implants, give us a call to schedule a consultation. Not only can take care of the implant, we are also experienced with dental crowns and dentures to top it off.

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