Benefits of Implants
- Your smile is improved when replacement teeth look more like natural teeth. Esthetics are usually better with an implant supported restoration than a conventional bridge.
- Implants preserve the integrity of your facial structures and bone. The roots of your teeth are embedded in your jaw bone and without the tooth root to stimulate the jawbone, it will start to weaken and resorb(go away). With DENTAL IMPLANTS, patients can prevent bone loss. Dental implants serve as a replacement root which anchors the replacement tooth to the jawbone and prevent additional bone loss.
- Overall quality of life is enhanced with implants that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The result is increased comfort and confidence when smiling, speaking and eating. When teeth are missing, your speech and eating are affected. You may notice biting or chewing some of your favorite foods becomes difficult.
- There will be shifting of teeth as time goes by when a tooth is missing. The drifting of the other teeth cause bite problems and jaw joint issues (TMJ). The opposing tooth can also begin to grow in the empty space and cause additional problems with your bite.
- There is never dental decay around implants like your natural teeth. Also dental hygiene is so much easier around an implant than a fixed bridge.
Benefits of Replacing Missing Teeth
Speaking and Eating - Your speech can be affected by missing teeth. You may also notice difficulty biting or chewing some of your favorite foods. Until you are missing a tooth you might not appreciate how critical they are to chewing some of your favorite foods.
Malocclusion - If there is a space in between your teeth, the teeth on either side start shifting causing bite problems. This can affect your jaw joint(TMJ). The opposing tooth can also begin to grow into the empty space and cause additional problems with your bite.
Bone Loss - the roots of your teeth are embedded in your jaw bone, and without the tooth root to stimulate the jawbone it will start to weaken and resorb. With DENTAL IMPLANTS, patients can prevent bone loss. Dental implants serve as a replacement root which anchors the replacement tooth to the bone and prevent additional bone loss.
Do Dental Implants Hurt?
Most patients experience very minimal discomfort afterwards and often are surprised on how quick they heal. Most patients choose to have the procedure performed under local anesthesia, although we do offer options for sedation. Your comfort is our number one priority. The implants are usually left undisturbed for a period of 2-4 months so that the bone can remodel around the implants. During this healing phase, your restorative dentist may fabricate some type of temporary replacement for your teeth.
If you have questions about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact Dr. Miller.