But did you know that implants restore more than just your missing teeth? They bring back your confidence in your smile, a result deemed priceless by many patients. And just as important, dental implants restore bone health, which can help prevent further tooth loss.
How Dental Implants Restore Bone Health
Missing teeth create problems for the jawbone. When teeth are lost, the bone that originally provided support begins to break down. Over time, the issue can become noticeable, creating a sunken facial appearance and functional defects. The overlying gum tissue can also lose form and volume.
Dental implant surgery solves these problems and restores bone health, as the tooth replacements stop the jawbone from deteriorating. The implant posts are placed directly in the jaw, so they function as replacement tooth roots and stimulate the bone to continue growing.
Other Benefits of Dental Implants
Aside from restoring bone health, dental implant surgery offers several benefits over other tooth restoration methods:
- Implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth
- Implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth.
- Getting implant surgery doesn’t harm nearby healthy teeth.
- Once implants have healed, patients can eat anything they like.
- Implants never slip or slide around in the mouth like dentures and bridges.
- Implants can’t get cavities and they rarely chip or break.
- Caring for implants is as simple as brushing, flossing and scheduling regular oral surgeon checkups.
Implant surgery is known to be highly successful as well. More than 5 million implants are placed in patients across the country every year, and 95 percent of them are a success. And, when placed by an experienced tooth restoration specialist — rather than a general dentist with limited training — the success rate jumps up to 98 percent.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implant Surgery?
Most oral health care experts agree that any adult who is healthy enough for a tooth extraction or other routine procedure can get dental implants.
However, some patients need to have other procedures before getting dental implant surgery. Anyone with gum disease will require treatment to get it under control, for example, and bone graft surgery is a must for patients with significant jawbone degeneration.
The only way to know if dental implants are right for you is to consult with a local tooth restoration specialist. If you live in the greater Salt Lake City area, visit the expert implant surgeons at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah.
With over a decade of experience specializing in tooth replacement and dental implant surgery, Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield have the skills and knowledge to help you choose the best solution to restore your missing teeth. Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office today to schedule a consultation to discuss dental implants.