Actress and singer Connie Stevens once said, “Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.” A healthy, beautiful smile is important to your self-confidence, oral health, and overall well-being. But what do you do if you are like one of the almost 80 million Americans who are missing at least one tooth? I have years of training and experience in one excellent solution that might be right for you. Read more to discover how you can preserve your smile and oral health with a solution that permanently replaces missing teeth.
Dental Implants, the Permanent Solution
In the not too distant past, when a tooth was lost, you just had to endure it. Today, an implant can replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth. It is the closest thing possible to mimic a tooth because it doesn’t affect the surrounding teeth and integrates with the jaw bone.
An implant is typically made of a titanium post that is surgically positioned into the bone. Titanium, or a titanium alloy, has the benefit of being strong, and it isn’t rejected by the body as a foreign object. Once the post has fused with the bone and the gum has healed, a crown is fixed to the post, giving you a strong, natural-looking alternative for your missing tooth.
The Benefits of an Implant
The obvious appeal of a dental implant is the natural-looking smile that results. However, implants provide functional, as well as cosmetic, benefits. With dental implants, you will notice an improvement in your ability to eat and to talk and smile with confidence. Implants help prevent the bone degeneration that could result from not replacing a missing tooth or from long-term denture use. Missing teeth can cause your face to look shrunken, aging you prematurely. Implants, on the other hand, support your facial muscles and help you maintain a more youthful appearance.
Our goal, whenever possible, is to save your teeth. However, implants are strong and durable and can last a lifetime with proper care, making them an attractive option when teeth are already missing or just can’t be saved.
We proudly serve patients in Boca Raton, Florida, and the surrounding areas. For more information about how implants can affect your life for the better, or to make an appointment, contact our office today.
The Dental Care of Boca Raton Team