Do you miss your old smile? Why not restore it with a dental implant? Roanoke, VA, dentist Dr. Young Park explains how you can benefit from this innovative tooth replacement option.
Dental implants offer the only permanent solution
If you've experienced tooth loss, you're probably mulling over whether a bridge, implant or dentures would be the best replacement option for you. All of these methods improve your appearance, but only dental implants are designed to last your entire life. Implants are made of titanium, a lightweight metal. Titanium has unique properties that other metals don't. It can bond to bone and is hypoallergenic.
A dental implant consists of a small titanium post that's placed in your jawbone. Bonding takes several months, but once it occurs, your replacement tooth root will be securely anchored in your jaw. Adding a crown to the top of the implant is the final step in the implant process.
Implants are a good choice for most people
Although dental implants are often used to replace single teeth, they can replace any number of lost teeth. Most people can benefit from implants. They may be a good choice for you if your oral and general health are both in good condition, you don't smoke, and you don't have diabetes or another disease that interferes with healing. Good jawbone depth is also a requirement. Luckily, bone grafts can be added if your jawbone isn't quite deep enough. Your visit to Dr. Park's Roanoke office will include an examination, X-rays, and review of your medical and dental history to ensure that dental implants are the best choice for you.
Dental implants provide better biting power
Eating hard foods is difficult or impossible when you wear dentures. Because the dentures rest on your gums and aren't attached to your jawbone, your biting power declines significantly when you wear them. When you replace your missing teeth with implant-supported dentures, it's possible to eat many of the foods you enjoy without a problem.
Implants offer unseen benefits
Tooth loss can lead to changes in your jawbone. As the bone begins to recede, it also becomes weaker. Without a strong jawbone, your lower face may begin to sag, which will make you look older. If you choose dental implants, you won't experience weakening or any of the unpleasant effects.
Dental implants renew your smile! Call Roanoke, VA, dentist Dr. Young Park at his Roanoke office (540) 563-9398 or Rocky Mount office (540-483-7577 to schedule an appointment to find out if you're a good candidate.