Dental implants are the most reliable and longest-lasting option for replacing missing teeth. In fact, with proper care, dental implants can last for a lifetime, providing full restoration of bite strength and tension while preventing structural changes to the jaw.
Once inserted into the jaw, dental implants undergo a process called osseointegration during which they are accepted as new tooth roots. This unique method of securing dental implants allows for some of their most impressive benefits, four of the biggest being:
- Preservation of Facial Shape. Because they replace missing tooth roots, dental implants can prevent the jaw shrinkage and collapse that is common with tooth loss
- Full Restoration of Function. Strong and reliable, dental implants restore full strength and function to the bite
- Limited Risk of Failure. Barring future trauma, dental implants will not come loose, slip, or fall out once they have been integrated into the jaw
- Natural-Looking Results. Restored with a dental crown, dental bridge, or dentures, implants help to produce a natural-looking and attractive smile that can last for several years
Dentures and bridges typically rely on adhesives or adjacent teeth for support, neither of which is ideal for the restoration of bite strength. What’s more, these options – without implant support – rest entirely on top of the gums where they cannot prevent changes to the shape and structure of the jaw. Over time, bridges and dentures will need to be refitted to adjust to the changing dimensions of the face. This is not the case with implants.
Dental implants are the only type of tooth replacement that is secured below the gum line, making them the only option that will prevent demineralization and preserve the integrity of the jaw. Ideal as a stand-alone option for a single missing tooth, dental implants can also be used to secure a bridge or dentures, offering a longer-lasting and more reliable solution even when multiple teeth are being replaced. We would be happy to discuss this in greater detail during your initial consultation to help ensure we are providing you with the most comprehensive and useful options available.
Please call The Smile Centre at 941-351-4468 to schedule a consultation today. Our experienced and caring team of dental professionals welcomes patients from Sarasota and all surrounding and nearby areas of Florida.