No one should ever be too embarrassed to smile. Missing teeth can unfortunately lead to many people feeling self-conscience about their appearance. Fortunately, thanks to advances in modern dentistry, dentists have the ability to replace missing teeth with natural looking dental implants. Dental implants have taken traditional restorations such as dentures and bridges to the next level. They are the next best option if the natural teeth are damaged or missing. Dr. Drew Shulman is a Philadelphia dentist that offers all types of teeth implants to patients that suffer from missing teeth.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is actually a screw-like post made of titanium. It will be surgically placed in the jaw bone and will act as the replacement root for the missing tooth. Secured to the implant is the dental restoration. For patients missing just one tooth, a single implant will be placed and a dental crown will be secured to it. For multiple missing teeth, anywhere from two to eight implants may be placed and a dental bridge, partial denture or denture will be secured to them. The type of restoration and number of implants you will need depends on the location and number of missing teeth.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
There are many benefits to choosing dental implants over other dental restorations. The benefits of dental implants are endless and they are truly an investment in your oral health and quality of life.
Improved appearance– When a tooth goes missing, the bone will immediately begin to deteriorate. This will lead to a change in your facial structure, adding years to your overall appearance. Over time this deterioration will lead to the lips folding in, the lower face may shrivel up, and deep wrinkles also developing around the mouth. Replacing teeth with implants will stimulate the bone and prevent bone loss keeping the facial structure intact.
Most natural solution– Implants are the next best option to natural teeth. They will replace the entire structure of the tooth, including the root. Your smile will look and feel completely natural and no one will even notice it is a fake tooth.
Keeps remaining teeth healthy– Options such as dental bridges will require your adjacent teeth to be grinded down to accommodate the restoration. That means you are degrading teeth that are perfectly healthy and adding stress to them. Replacing your missing teeth with implant secured restorations will not harm your natural, healthy teeth.
High success rate– We often have patients that are worried that implants will not work for them. While there is no guarantee that implants will work for you, they do hold a 98% success rate. With proper maintenance and regular visit to see Dr. Shulman at his Philadelphia dentist office, your implants can last a lifetime.
Eliminates embarrassing situations– Dentures have a bad reputation for not fitting properly, slipping around in the mouth, and sometimes even falling out. Since implants are surgically placed in the jaw bone and will fuse with the bone, you will not have to worry about these embarrassing situations. Eating, speaking, and smiling will be easy and effortless since they are more durable and stable than dentures.
Allows for a nutritious diet– Traditional restorations will come with food restrictions often eliminating healthy food from your diet. Since implants are stable and durable, they have little to no restrictions when it comes to food. You will be able to use more force to chew and eating will feel more natural.
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