When we lose a tooth, our smile develops unsightly gaps that could be a source of embarrassment. In addition, your overall oral health could suffer as well. By replacing your lost teeth with dental implants, your Omaha, NE, dentist not only improves smile beauty, but also helps preserve facial structure and oral health as well.
The Dental Implant Difference
Traditional bridges need crowns attached to healthy teeth to stay in place, while partial dentures rely on metal clasps. A full set of dentures may use suction. While they all rely on different methods to secure then, they all need replacement as the jaw ridge changes shape. This is due to the fact that a body responds to a missing tooth by suspending the flow of nutrients to the jawbone. With these nutrients, the bone tissue begins to break down, losing mass and density. This means changes to facial structure that make you appear older, and of course, further tooth loss. However, dental implants are made from titanium, a biocompatible material, and is inserted into the jawbone. Thy body sees them as natural roots, and resumes the flow of nutrients!
Ensuring Facial Structure and Jawbone Integrity
Since the body continues to receive nutrients, this means the bone tissue preserves its mass and density. You don’t obtain an older appearance, and your remaining natural teeth can stay in place, provided you continue to practice good oral hygiene. We can address on missing tooth at a time, or use multiple to secure a bridge, partial, or full denture. If you have a prosthetic secured with implants, then they last for decades, if not a lifetime, and never slip when you eat or speak.
Caring for Your New Smile
Now, the new teeth will be susceptible to gum disease, which could cause them to fail just as the advanced stages of the disease leads to tooth loss. Which means making sure they last requires practicing good oral hygiene. You should brush them, along with your natural teeth, for two minutes twice a day, using a toothpaste with fluoride. You also need to see us for a checkup and cleaning visit every six months. You then preserve your entire smile. If you have any questions about missing teeth, or about the dental implant process in particular, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Implant Dentistry?
Implant dentistry allows our team to offer long-lasting and lifelike replacement teeth, preserving the health and appearance of your smile. To learn more about preserving your smile’s health and integrity, schedule a consultation by calling Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, today at (402) 330-2243. We also serve the residents of Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, Millard, and all surrounding communities.