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How Dental Implants Act Like Natural Teeth

When you suffer from tooth loss, whether the cause is minor or severe, you need replacement to avoid negative changes to your smile. We can offer dental implants, which look and function like natural teeth! In today’s blog, your Ankeny, IA, dentist talks about how our dental implants act like new teeth!

When to Seek Tooth Replacement

When you lose a tooth, don’t delay in seeking treatment. The longer you wait to address your tooth loss, the worse your complications will be. For example, missing teeth can lead to dental misalignment as teeth shift as a result of the gaps in your smile. You could also have trouble eating your favorite dishes or feel confident in social settings. The body will register your missing tooth root and in response, suspend or divert the flow of calcium and phosphates to that area of the jawbone. The bone loses mass and density, a complication that causes further tooth loss and for many, a prematurely aged appearance. But by placing dental implants, you avoid these complications and preserve your youthful facial features.

New Roots for Your Smile

The dental implant acts as a new root. The implant psst is made from titanium and is screw-like in appearance. Since the post is biocompatible, it will bond with the jaw and be accepted by the body as a natural tooth root. Which means it can last far longer than traditional tooth replacement options, such as traditional bridges and removable dentures, which need replacement as the jaw ridge changes shape due to lost mass and density. Instead, your new teeth can stay in place for decades or possibly even a lifetime!

Addressing the Visible Portion of Your Smile

Once your dental implants are in place and the placement area heals, we will move forward with addressing the visible portion of your new tooth. For an individual one, we could connect an abutment to the post that provides structure to attach a dental crown, which is custom-made for your smile to ensure a lifelike appearance and durable chewing surface, as well as proper bite balance. If you have multiple missing teeth, we could employ multiple posts to secure a bridge or even a complete set of fixed dentures, or you have a smile that looks and functions like natural teeth.

If you have any questions about how we treat tooth loss with our dental implants, then contact our team today to learn more. Let’s work together to obtain a complete smile!

Talk To Your Ankeny, IA, Dentist About Our Dental Implants

A full smile is possible, even if you’ve lost most of your teeth. If you would like to learn more about implant dentistry please contact your Ankeny, IA, dentist’s office at (515) 207-6182 to schedule a visit.