Posts for: April, 2018
When gaps in your smile are an issue, dental implants offer an effective way to restore your smile. Findlay, OH, dentists Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner discuss the benefits of dental implants.
Dental implants offer a new way to restore missing teeth
If you happened to lose a tooth in the past, you were limited to three restoration options: bridges or full or partial dentures. Although these methods closed the gap in your smile, they completely ignored your roots. Roots not only support teeth but keep them firmly anchored in your mouth.
Comfort can be an issue when you choose restoration options that only focus only on the visible parts of teeth. Dentures can slip and slide, irritating your gums with every bite you take. Both dentures and bridges may reduce your biting power.
Dental implants prevent these problems because they act as replacements for your natural roots. Implants are small titanium posts that a dentist places in your mouth during minor oral surgery. Over the next three to six months, the implant begins to bond to your jawbone. At the end of bonding period, a dental crown is attached to the top of the implant in our Findlay office, which creates a complete new tooth.
Implants provide unique advantages
In addition to offering a more comfortable alternative to traditional restoration methods, dental implants also protect your jaw. Jaw resorption, a common problem after tooth loss, may affect the strength of your jaw. As your jaw recedes, it can't adequately support your facial muscles. Unfortunately, sagging facial muscles can make you look older than you actually are. Tooth loss, another potential consequence of jaw resorption, can occur if you experience a significant change in the strength or depth of your jawbone.
Implants are the only restoration method that can be used no matter how many teeth you've lost. If you've lost one tooth, your crown will be connected directly to your implant. Implant-supported dentures may be attached to a metal framework that's supported by as few as four implants.
Would you like to find out if you're a good candidate for dental implants? Call Findlay, OH, dentists Drs. Bill Anderson and Austin Hoffner at (419) 424-5850 to schedule an appointment.