What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth so that they blend in well with the rest of your teeth. Implants are a very popular option in cosmetic dentistry because they can last for up to 40 years when cared for properly. To install dental implants, surgical posts are inserted into either the upper or lower jaw so that the replacement teeth have a sturdy base. When a dental implant is installed, it functions and looks just like a normal tooth. Implants are typically made of titanium and should be taken care of just like you would your natural teeth.
Whether you have a single tooth missing or several, dental implants can be an effective way to restore your smile permanently. Many patients opt for dental implants to replace their dentures because their dentures are either inconvenient or uncomfortable. Other patients turn to dental implants as a way to protect surrounding teeth and keep their smile intact.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants make a great restorative option because they are highly durable and are able to fit very naturally alongside natural teeth. Implants generally have a more comfortable fit for patients than a bridge or dentures. Eating and speaking are typically unaffected by dental implants because they are so secure.
Dental implants can help prevent the jawbone from shrinking as a result of a space from a missing tooth. In addition, dental implants tend to be a great value for the investment because they are so long lasting when maintained properly and are as durable as a regular tooth.
If you are interested in taking care of your missing teeth with a dental implant, contact Dr. Kesteven to schedule a consultation.