Do you have missing teeth? Dental implants offer an excellent restoration option. Timonium, MD, dentist Dr. Paul Karpovich shares several advantages of implants.
A full smile
There's no easy way to hide the fact that you've lost a tooth. If you stop smiling, people will wonder if you're in a bad mood. If you hold your hand in front of your mouth when you speak, your friends will have trouble understanding you. When tooth loss causes you to feel less confident, dental implants provide a simple solution to the problem. Once your implants bond to your jawbone, they can be topped with dental crowns that will fill the gaps and improve your self-esteem.
An excellent choice no matter how many teeth you've lost
Dental implants are the only restoration option that can replace any number of missing teeth. Implants choices include:
- Single Tooth Implants: Implants are commonly used to fill the gap in your smile caused by the loss of one tooth.
- Implant-Supported Bridges: If you've lost several teeth in a row, implant-supported bridges are a good alternative to partial dentures. The fixed bridge can be supported by just a few implants.
- Implant-Supported Dentures: Both fixed and removable implant-supported dentures are available. In many cases, as few as four implants can support a denture. Implant-supported dentures are more comfortable than full or immediate dentures and make biting and chewing easier.
Better Oral Health
Your teeth are supported by their roots, gums and adjacent teeth. If one tooth is lost, other teeth begin to drift and overlap. In addition to changing your bite and appearance, overlapping teeth harbor plaque, which may increase your risk of cavities. Although regular cleanings in our Timonium office will reduce plaque buildup, it will still be a concern if you have overlapping teeth. Dental implants keep your teeth where they belong and help lower your tooth decay risk.
Implants also play an important role in the strength of your jawbone. When the bone isn't stimulated by tooth roots, it shrinks and weakens. In some cases, weakening of the jawbone may result in the loss of other teeth. Dental implants prevent this problem from occurring by exerting constant pressure on your jawbone.
Don't let gaps change your smile. Call Timonium, MD, dentist Dr. Paul Karpovich at (410) 628-6070 to schedule an appointment to discuss dental implants.