Are you missing a tooth or teeth?
Do you often find yourself hiding your smile because of gaps between your natural teeth? For a permanent and natural-looking treatment for missing teeth, choose dental implants. Whether it is a single missing tooth or whole arches of teeth, dental implants may be utilized in a variety of ways to restore your smile. Used on their own, dental implants can replace one tooth or several teeth. Dental implants can also be utilized to secure dental bridges and dentures for multiple consecutive missing teeth, arches of teeth, or sets of teeth.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
If the gap left by missing teeth is not replaced soon enough, several problems may occur. These problems can include:
- Crooked Teeth
- Shifting Teeth
- Bone Loss
- TMJ Disorders
- Difficulty Eating
- Speech Issues
- Bite Misalignment
- Facial Sagging
Dental implants provide a solid foundation for new teeth and can resolve oral health and aesthetic problems that may already occur. A full set of teeth can prevent these problems and future oral health difficulties from ever happening.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants also provide multiple benefits to patients. Dental implants:
- Look and feel natural
- Provide long-lasting results
- Prevent bone loss
- Are easy to maintain
This treatment option is safe for adjacent natural teeth and actually improves adjacent teeth. Natural teeth may shift and crowd into the spaces left by missing teeth. Tooth crowding can make it difficult to clean teeth and may result in plaque buildup.
Treatment with Dental Implants
Dr. Drew Shulman will conduct a comprehensive examination before inserting a dental implant. This is done to ensure that your bone tissue is strong enough for the dental implant or implants. He will also discuss your budget and goals with you before treatment. Dr. Shulman will also determine whether conventional or mini dental implants are the right choice for you.
Conventional dental implants consist of a titanium post which is secured to the jaw. After a healing period of 3 to 6 months, an abutment and dental crown are attached to the implant.
Mini dental implants are also a great option for patients who cannot receive conventional dental implants because of bone tissue or insufficient bone density. Ranging from 1.8 to 3.3 mm in diameter, mini implants are quite smaller than regular implants which are 3.4 to 5.8 mm wide. Unlike the three-piece structure of a conventional dental implant, a mini implant is a two-piece structure which can usually be installed in one visit.
Dental implants require the same care as natural teeth. Brush and floss your teeth and implants daily. We recommend that you also schedule regular dental checkups and professional cleanings to keep your oral health on track. The gum tissues surrounding implants can still become infected. With proper care, your dental implants should last a lifetime.
Schedule an Appointment
Do you want a more uniform and balanced smile? Replace your missing tooth or teeth today and improve your oral health with dental implants. Call Dr. Shulman at (855) 832-4034 for professional and comprehensive dental care in his Philadelphia office.