Dental Implants

Tooth replacement is not just important to the look of your smile, it is important to your general health and wellbeing. The loss of one or more permanent teeth could be a warning sign that a decline in overall health is occurring. According to experts such as the founder of the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Charles Mayo, people who keep their natural teeth actually enjoy a longer life span than those who lose their teeth to decay or disease.

One of the most effective ways to replace missing teeth today is with dental implants. These prosthetics are actually designed as artificial roots. Implants have three parts: the implant post, the abutment or connector, and the restoration. Due to the versatility of implants, they may complement crowns, bridges, or even full dentures.

The implant process is very streamlined and efficient. The insertion of the post portion of the implant takes only a short while in our office and is virtually painless due to the use of local anesthetic. Once situated in the jawbone, implants are covered with gum tissue. This allows them to sit undisturbed as bone tissue fuses around individual posts.

Tooth replacement with dental implants is preferred by many patients due to the benefits that come from the replacement of missing roots. While dentures or a dental bridge can restore the appearance of teeth and facilitate chewing, dental implants do so to the highest degree. The level of comfort, confidence, and function that is achieved with dental implants stems from stabilization in the jawbone.

Dental implants replicate the natural oral structure like no other form of tooth replacement. As such, they allow patients to feel confident when speaking, smiling, laughing, or eating any type of food. Fully stabilized, just like natural teeth, implants will not feel uncomfortable nor will they rub against the gums like dentures have been known to do.

We expect our smile to last us a lifetime. Tooth loss, however, is a very real problem that affects millions of people. With the development of dental implant prosthetics, dental science has supplied us with new hope that our smile really can last a lifetime. Implants require no special care, just good oral hygiene on a daily basis and routine dental checkups and cleanings. In return, these restorations will serve you well for many years.

Learn more about your options for tooth replacement from your experienced, friendly Hanford dentist. Call (559) 530-8080 today.

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