When it comes to tooth loss, most people focus on the cosmetic and dietary impact of missing teeth, with good reason. Studies have found that when it comes to first (and lasting) impressions, the straighter and whiter the teeth, the better. According to a smile perception study conducted by market research firm Kelton, bad teeth can lead to losing out on everything from job offers to dates. But in addition to harming physical appearance, missing teeth also contribute to oral and general health problems over time. Dr. Jamses Bonny, a general dentist at All Smiles Dentistry in Salem, UT, recommends dental implants for healthy adults missing anywhere from one, to most or all of their natural teeth.
General Dentistry in Salem, UT
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), implants are the closest tooth replacement option to natural teeth and can last for decades. They are also the only option that helps to prevent bone loss in the gums, a side effect of tooth loss that can cause the gums to shrink and potentially increase the risk of oral health problems like gum disease and inflammation.
What are Dental Implants and How do They Work?
Implants replace a missing tooth in two stages. First, a small titanium screw is surgically implanted in the jaw. It then fuses in place with the surrounding bone tissue, creating a stable anchor for a cosmetic crown, which is attached once the implant has healed. An implant can replace a single tooth, or a few implants can be applied to secure a dental bridge or set of dentures.
Are Implants Hard to Care For?
Implant dentistry is designed to replicate the anatomy and function of a natural tooth. Although they do not require special adhesives or support from neighboring teeth, patients must be willing to commit to a consistent oral hygiene routine and regular follow up care with a dentist to maintain oral health.
Are Implants Safe?
Implants are made of biocompatible materials like titanium to ensure that it is accepted by the body. When properly cared for and placed by a qualified dentist, implants have a reported success rate of over 98% according to the American Association of Endodontists.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Healthy adults with sufficient bone density in the gums and jaw are typically good candidates for implants. As a surgical procedure, the ability for the body to heal effectively is necessary for the implant to take successfully. Sufficient bone density is necessary to ensure that the implant will attach and remain firmly in place in the jaw.
Find a Dentist in Salem, UT
For more information about implant dentistry, and to find out if implants are the best option to replace your missing teeth, contact All Smiles Dentistry by calling (801) 423-2244 to request an appointment with Dr. Bonny today.
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