Replace Lost Teeth With Dental Implants
For most of human history, lost teeth were just something people had to accept. While dental technologies to replace missing teeth have been around for a while, most of them are not permanent, natural tooth replacements. These dental prosthetics include
and are very beneficial for patients who are missing one or more teeth. However, for some patients, the technology of implant dentistry is a dream come true. It provides a permanent tooth replacement that closely mimics the natural tooth you lost.
Why Implant Dentistry Instead of Another Tooth Replacement?
If you want to replace one or more missing teeth, there are many reasons to consider dental implants over other prosthetic devices. Some of these benefits are obvious.
- fuse to your bone
- don’t require any special care
- are permanent
- feel natural; many patients eventually forget that they are not their own natural teeth
Some reasons to choose dental implants that you may not be aware of include:
- the process of osseointegration, or fusing, with the jawbone, reduces bone resorption, helping you retain your natural bone mass, which helps prevent future loss of adjacent teeth
- teeth do not have room to shift in the jawbone
- no shifting means less chance of misalignment caused by lost teeth
- dental implants can be used as attachment points for multiple teeth
If you are in reasonably good health and don’t have any conditions that preclude the implantation process, ask your dentist if dental implants are right for you. For many patients, dental implants can fill the bill. However, some patients will still benefit from other tooth replacement procedures instead of, or in addition to, dental implants.
Care of Your Dental Implant
After you’ve had dental implant surgery, you will naturally have a recovery period. Your doctor will provide you with a list of things to avoid, such as smoking cigarettes and using a straw, for example, as well as general guidelines regarding eating and drinking. Most people avoid very hot or very cold foods for a few hours or days, and of course, you will want to make sure you have a variety of soft foods on hand to get through the initial healing period.
When your implant has osseointegrated and you receive your new prosthetic tooth or teeth, they really don’t require any specialized care. You will be instructed to brush and floss as usual, and to keep your regular schedule of cleaning and checkup appointments.
Dental and medical technologies are changing and improving all the time. It may not be so far-fetched to believe we will soon be able to grow real replacement “bioteeth” sometime in the not-so-distant future. For now, that option still remains within the realm of science fiction. Until that becomes a reality, a dental implant is the closest thing to nature.
If you are looking for the gold standard in tooth replacement, call New Hampshire Family Dentistry in Manchester, NH at (603) 625-1877 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Mandera or Dr. Sparks today. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile you deserve!