If a patient has all their teeth, there are many smile restoration options available such as teeth whitening, veneers or bonding. If a patient is missing one or more of their teeth, there are less options available, but one of the smartest ways to restore your smile if you are missing a tooth or teeth is to consider dental implants. The greatest thing about dental implants is their permanency. Unlike a denture or partial denture, a dental implant is implanted into the gum and acts as a regular tooth.
A titanium post is used to replicate the roots of the tooth that needs to be replaced. Why titanium? It is a biocompatible metal that your body will not fight against. In fact, the base of the titanium implant will actual fuse with the bone below the surface of the gum. A realistic looking crown is then placed atop the post and it acts and functions like a normal tooth.
Dental implants restore your smile in a much more confident way when compared to other methods like dentures or partial dentures. Because these types of devices can be removed, it is difficult to relax when smiling. Many people fear that the false tooth will move or come out of place and embarrass them. Dental implants will allow you to smile confidently by not having to worry about the tooth moving.
Even if you have used dentures, partials or a bridge for a long period of time, it is never too late to restore your smile with dental implants. Just because you have dealt with these types of devices for years and have gotten used to them doesn’t mean you can’t upgrade to something more easily manageable. And while many dental implants are for one tooth, there are options available for multiple teeth as well as all teeth missing.