Many people lose teeth due to gum disease, decay, and injury. While there are several tooth replacement options, dental implants are the most popular and are considered the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. There are a lot of advantages of dental implants that can help improve good oral hygiene and proper care.
A single dental implant is a screw-like structure placed into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth root and acts as an anchor for an artificial tooth, called a crown, resulting in a replacement tooth that looks, feels, and functions just like the real thing. At Smile Solutions of Maine, we can help with your dental implant needs, figure out the best solution, and improve your quality of life.
Natural Appearance for Your Teeth
The reason why so many people are choosing dental implants over traditional replacement options is that dental implants blend in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth. In fact, dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth. The dentist matches the tooth color, size, and shape with the surrounding teeth, making it nearly impossible to tell the difference between artificial and natural teeth.
Unlike bridges or dentures, dental implants integrate into the jawbone and become a part of your mouth, providing you with a stable, comfortable, natural-looking tooth replacement. This makes it all the easier to bite, chew food, and speak clearly without worrying about slippage or other issues that may concern other replacement options.
Long-Term Dental Solution
The entire process of getting dental implants is much less painful than you probably think. As with most dental procedures, there will be some mild soreness and discomfort after the numbness wears off and the dental implant surgery is complete. However, the surgery itself is fairly painless as you will be given an anesthetic.
Dental implants are designed to be a permanent solution. Most dental implants today are made of titanium – a metal that is both strong and lightweight. Also, implants have a high success rate of 95%, making them the most effective permanent replacement. Dental implants can last a lifetime with good home care, overall health, and regular visits to the dentist. In comparison to other tooth replacement options, dental implants offer an unparalleled level of comfort and convenience. Dental implants offer the versatility of replacing one missing tooth with a single implant, several missing teeth with an implant-supported bridge, or an entire arch of teeth with an implant-supported denture.
Prevent bone loss and retains facial shape
When you chew or bite down, you press on your jawbone. This repeated action stimulates the bone and keeps it healthy and strong. When you lose a natural tooth, you also lose that source of stimulation, and the jawbone begins to thin out and weaken, a process known as bone resorption. Additionally, when you lose jawbone mass from missing teeth, your lower face may take on a sunken look – your chin moves closer to your nose, and your upper lip may pucker inward. Dental implants replace tooth roots and work to preserve and stimulate jawbone growth and ensure your cheeks and lips are properly supported, preserving the integrity of your facial structures.
Dental Implants at Smile Solutions of Maine
Dental implants are the best way to ensure lasting oral health and functionality. If you have missing teeth and otherwise healthy gums and jawbones, you may be a qualified candidate for getting teeth implants from Smile Solutions of Maine with one of our healthcare professionals. Our highly trained Waterville and Winthrop, ME, dentists are experts in dental implants and can help you decide if implants are right for you. Contact us to schedule an appointment for the best results and special care for your oral health!