Do you have gaps in your smile due to tooth loss? Dental implants can permanently close those gaps and restore your smile. Charleston, SC, dentists Dr. Denise Stone and Dr. David Stone Jr. at Stone Family Dentistry share some important information about dental implants.
The next best thing to your natural teeth
Replacing your entire tooth is a now a possibility, thanks to dental implants. Implants, small posts made of titanium, fit in small holes made in your jawbone during a minor procedure. Soon after the implants are placed in your jaw, they begin to bond the bone and eventually become strong enough to serve as replacement tooth roots. You'll need to be a little patient during this step of the process. Bonding can take three to six months, but it's a particularly essential step. After your dental implants bonds to your bone, crowns will be connected to them. Crowns are created in a dental laboratory and look and function just like your natural teeth.
Replacing a tooth doesn't just improve your appearance
Appearance concerns motivate many people in Charleston to replace lost teeth, but improving your appearance isn't the only benefit of dental implants. In addition to anchoring your teeth in your mouth, implants also exert pressure on your jawbone, which helps it remain strong. After you lose a tooth, your jawbone begins to recede, which can lead to facial sagging and loosening of teeth. Implants take over for your tooth roots and prevent changes to your jawbone.
Eating can be difficult if you've lost a tooth and nearly impossible if you've lost multiple teeth. When eating is a challenge, it may make sense to restrict your diet to softer foods and liquids. Unfortunately, those choices don't always contain the nutrients you need. Dental implants restore your ability to eat normally. They also offer an important advantage that dentures don't. Because dentures rest on your gums, they can't provide the strength you need to bite and chew hard foods. Dental implants are firmly anchored in your mouth and provide the secure foundation you need to enjoy your favorite foods.
Restore your smile with dental implants. Call Charleston, SC, dentists Dr. Denise Stone and Dr. David Stone Jr. at Stone Family Dentistry at (843) 556-6566 to schedule an appointment.