There are many reasons for missing teeth, but just one replacement option that’s truly a game-changer when it comes to replacing them. Whether you are missing one or multiple teeth, dental implants are your number one choice for filling those gaps in your mouth.
No one knows that better than Joshua Whitford, DDS, Jessica Whitford, DDS, and their experienced team of dental professionals at Silverlake Dentistry in Raymore, Missouri. Dr. The team at Silverlake Dentistry has restored the smiles to countless patients with state-of-the-art dental implants.
Here’s what makes dental implants the superior choice for replacing missing teeth.
Unlike traditional dentures or bridges that rest on top of your gums, dental implants are surgically anchored into your jaw. The implants include a small titanium “root” and a connector (abutment) that’s capped by an above-the-gum crown that looks like a natural tooth.
Getting a dental implant is an in-office procedure that typically requires only local anesthesia to prevent discomfort. It’s well-tolerated by most of our patients, who often report it’s much less painful than a tooth extraction.
The titanium root provides a secure foundation for your new tooth and eliminates the slipping, sliding, and discomfort you may experience with traditional dentures. We can use implants to replace one or all of your teeth or as a tool for better-securing dentures in place.
Your natural gums remain visible when you opt for dental implants, and the porcelain material used for the crowns reflects light the way your natural teeth do. Dental implants are also easy to care for — just floss and brush as usual and regularly see your dentist for routine exams.
These and other factors combine to create a smile that so closely mimics natural teeth that you may eventually forget you didn’t grow them yourself.
Your teeth work together to support one another and help keep your bite aligned. When you don’t replace a missing tooth, the surrounding teeth begin to move into the gap. This causes difficulty with your bite, makes it harder to clean your teeth, and increases your risk of fracturing or cracking a tooth when you chew.
Misaligned teeth also create problems for your gums. Meant to fit snugly against your teeth, gums affected by missing teeth can loosen and form pockets that allow bacteria to enter and set off the start of gum disease.
Much like what exercise does for your muscles, tooth roots naturally interact with the bony tissue of your jaw and help keep it healthy and dense. When you’re missing a tooth and the root that goes along with it, your jaw weakens.
This can significantly affect your facial structure over time. The titanium roots used for dental implants are bone-friendly and offer the same health benefits as natural teeth as they interact with your jawbone.
Millions of Americans have opted for dental implants to replace missing teeth, and the success rate is an overwhelming 98%. Our patients enjoy the natural appearance, comfort, and durability of dental implants and often recommend the procedure to friends and family members. For more details about dental implants and whether they’re the right option for replacing your missing teeth, schedule a consultation with the pros at Silverlake Dentistry. Schedule a visit with us by contacting our Raymore, Missouri, office today.