Your mouth is a genius system made to work with every piece doing its part. If you’re missing a tooth, the empty spaces are more than unsightly; they can be dangerous! Your other teeth, your gums, and even the bones in your face rely on you having a full smile.
Enter: dental implants. Thanks to improved technology, you can replace a single tooth or a whole row of them quickly and effectively. Dental implants can actually improve your overall oral health and are now considered the gold standard in modern tooth replacement technology.
Dr. Hawkins at Hawkins Family Dentistry in Midlothian offers professional placement and restoration of dental implants, so let us tell you more about them and how they can help protect your greatest asset and secure your smile!
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Teeth have even more going on under the surface of your gums than above. What you see when you look at your teeth is the hard, white crown. (See, you knew you must be royalty!) Then, like a plant, the tooth has a long root extending down into the jawbone.
Nearly 98% of implant treatments are successful, and healthy implants can last forever when properly cared for. Dental implants are highly successful because they closely imitate your natural tooth in every way. Implant teeth have a top crown and a permanent root fixed into your jawbone—unlike traditional dental restorations that just replace the crown.
The Security of Dental Implants
The fact that dental implants are permanent and made to integrate perfectly into your mouth means they have a lot of benefits to your overall health and wellness.
- Prevent your other teeth from moving.
- Prevent your jawbone from deteriorating.
- Prevent pain and discomfort from ill-fitting restorations.
- Can be cleaned and maintained the same as natural teeth.
- Won’t break like natural teeth can.
- Are easier to floss between and clean than a bridge, which makes it easier to prevent gum disease and bad breath.
- Are easy to talk and eat (and kiss) with so life can go on!
Should You Get Dental Implants?
Getting dental implants require that your gums and jaw are relatively healthy to start, and you must be committed to proper oral hygiene to maintain them so they last a lifetime. Only your Midlothian dentist can tell you if implants are the best option for you. If you’re missing a tooth, don’t delay! Call us today and let’s get started on giving you a smile you can wear securely and confidently.