Nothing changes your smile more dramatically than the loss of one or more teeth. Luckily, dental implants can improve your appearance and make chewing easier. Our Ormond Beach, FL, dentists, Drs. Brian and Florence Yoon of Yoon Dentistry, explain how you can benefit from this long-lasting restoration option.
Dental implants offer complete tooth restoration
If you've only lost a few teeth, you may be considering a bridge to replace your teeth. When you've lost all of your teeth or expect to lose them soon, full dentures offer a time-tested restoration option. Although both of these options restore missing teeth, they only replace the visible part of the tooth.
Dental implants are different. They're designed to restore your entire tooth, root included. Implants are firmly attached to your jaw, just like natural roots, and connected to a dental crown that appears above the gum line. During a process called osseointegration, your titanium implants fuse to your jawbone. Osseointegration is necessary for a successful implant and ensures that your new root will be securely attached to your jawbone.
Osseointegration may take up to six months. After the process is completed, you'll visit our Ormond Beach office for an impression that will be used to create your new dental crown.
Implants are versatile
Implants restore any number of missing teeth, from just one to a whole set of teeth. Although you'll need one implant to replace a single missing tooth, that's not the case if you choose to replace all of your teeth. Implant-supported dentures only require four to eight implants per arch. Unlike removable dentures, you won't experience a significant change in your biting power when you choose implant-supported dentures.
Dental implants keep your jaw strong
Roots don't just hold your teeth in place but also stimulate your jawbone, keeping it strong. After tooth loss, the underlying section of bone may start to shrink. Shrinking can cause a variety of problems, ranging from loose teeth to a change in your bite to sagging facial muscles. Your new roots take over for your missing roots, providing the steady pressure your jawbone requires for optimum strength. Thanks to implants, you won't have to worry that you'll lose healthy teeth due to jawbone resorption or look older than you are because your face starts to sag.
Are you ready to find out if dental implants are a good choice for you? Call our Ormond Beach, FL, dentists, Drs. Brian and Florence Yoon of Yoon Dentistry, at (386) 672-2828 to schedule an appointment.