A full smile not only improves your appearance but is also essential to good oral health. Luckily, dental implants offer an excellent, long-term solution if you've lost one or more teeth, and are among the services and treatments offered by your Fresno, CA, dentist, Dr. Curt Posey.
Dental implants offer important benefits for Fresno residents
Other restoration methods replace your crown, the part of the tooth you see when you open your mouth. A dental implant replaces your entire missing tooth by using titanium implants to serve as synthetic roots. After the implants are added to your jawbone during minor oral surgery, they slowly begin to bond your jawbone, a process that takes several months and is termed as osseointegration. Once this fusion period is over, dental crowns are attached to the tops of implants to create an entire new tooth.
Creation of a new rooted tooth offers several advantages, including:
- Easier Chewing: It can be difficult to take a bite of an apple or tear apart a piece of steak if your tooth restoration doesn't replace your roots. Without the support of strong roots, it's difficult to generate enough power to bite, tear, and shred food. Your implants provide a secure foundation for your crowns and make eating easy and comfortable.
- Improved Appearance: A gap in your smile can lead to feelings of lowered self-esteem, particularly when the space in your teeth is very obvious. A missing tooth may eventually affect your other teeth, too. Once a tooth is gone, adjacent teeth begin to drift toward the opening. Overlapping teeth can make you feel even more self-conscious about your appearance. Dental implants prevent drifting and help you keep your teeth straighter.
- Better Oral Hygiene: Cavity-causing plaque can become trapped between overlapping teeth, which may increase your tooth decay risk. No matter how diligently you brush and floss, you won't be able to remove the plaque. Thanks to your dental implant, however, you won't have to worry about an increased cavity risk due to drifting teeth.
- Stronger Jawbone: Your roots not only secure your teeth but also stimulate your jawbone and keep it strong. This means that losing one or more teeth can result in a weaker, smaller jawbone. Once your jawbone shrinks, you may lose additional teeth or notice that your face begins to sag. Dental implants stimulate the bone and prevent it from shrinking.
Fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants! Call your Fresno, CA, dentist Dr. Curt Posey at (559) 227-6755 to schedule an appointment.