Why Dental Implants Are the Gold Standard in Teeth Replacement Options

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, an estimated 178 million people in the United States are missing one tooth. The statistics become somewhat more alarming when, in the same epidemiological study, it was found that approximately 40 million Americans were missing all of their teeth.

Fortunately, here at Unlimited Dentistry we can help you regain your confidence by replacing your missing teeth and bringing back your full smile. Dental implants are a cost effective and durable way to replace one or more missing teeth.

How does a dental implant procedure work?

First, Dr. Unger places the titanium shaft of the implant into the jawbone. Then an abutment is attached to the top of the implant and the new artificial tooth is secured to the abutment.

Why do people lose their teeth?

It’s commonly assumed that people who have one or more missing teeth have a poor dental health routine, but this is not always the case. There are other reasons why a person might be missing teeth, including but not limited to:

People who have missing teeth often feel embarrassed and ashamed. They may avoid smiling, suffer from low self-esteem, or avoid social situations altogether. Some people may even experience anxiety and depression.

Why dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth

The good news is that here at Unlimited Dentistry, under the experienced guidance of Dr. Erik M. Unger, we can help to fix your broken smile by replacing your missing teeth. There are a number of excellent options for replacing missing teeth, but the gold standard is dental implants.

Here are a few of the benefits of dental implants:

1. They look natural

Perhaps most important of all is the fact that dental implants look as natural as any other tooth. All of the artificial teeth (crowns) made for the dental implant procedure are color matched to the existing teeth in your mouth. This means that no one will be able to you have an implant.

2. They’re strong and durable

Unlike dentures and other tooth replacement options, dental implants are incredibly strong and durable. Because they’re fixed firmly into the jawbone, they will not move or wobble. Over time, the bone tissue grows around the implant so it’s fully integrated into the jawbone. Being held in place by the surrounding tissues makes implants potentially as secure as your natural teeth. This means that dental implants can last for a lifetime with a good oral health care routine.

3. They protect your oral health

When we lose teeth, other problems can arise. Remaining teeth may gradually shift out of position, and it’s not uncommon for the cheeks to sag inward. Furthermore, without the tooth root anchored in the jawbone, the bone tissue in that area erodes, which can result in the loss of additional teeth, due to fewer supporting structures holding them in place.

Because dental implants replace the root of the missing teeth, the bone in the area stays strong and healthy. This helps to prevent the loss of any more teeth, keeps natural teeth in the proper positions, and prevents facial sagging.

If you’re dealing with the stigma of missing teeth, you don’t have to suffer any longer. Call our office in Goodyear, Arizona, or book an appointment here on the website. Let’s discuss how dental implants can help you.

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