When the unthinkable occurs and you lose one or more teeth, replacing them as soon as possible should be a priority. Missing teeth robs you of the ability to chew and can cause other teeth to be lost or tipped which leads to more problems. According to the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness, getting a dental implant from Philadelphia dentists will solve those concerns and more. A dental implant is a surgically-placed anchor for an artificial set of teeth.
Who can get implants?
Patients of any age who are missing teeth due to injury, disease, or decay are qualified as long as they have the required bone density to provide a solid foundation to anchor the implant. Patients who smoke and have low bone density may not be suited for dental implants. Experienced dental practitioners like Anthony Farole, DMD can assess your qualifications by reviewing your medical history.
Dental implants from Bala Cynwyd and elsewhere help preserve the shape and integrity of your face. One effect of tooth loss is resorption wherein bone density decreases, causing the collapse of bone structures. If the implants weren’t there to replace the missing teeth and maintain the bone density, the lower third of the patient’s face would literally cave in, affecting speaking patterns and appearance.
Convenient oral hygiene
The beauty of implant-supported set of teeth is the ease of maintenance– it can be cleaned the usual way. No special products or tools are needed to take care of them, just the regular toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. Regular maintenance prevents gum disease and cavities which can compromise the remaining teeth.
Just like it was before
When the whole tooth (including the root) is replaced, your ability to bite and chew normally is restored. You can enjoy your meals just like you did before the tooth loss. Adjacent teeth are safe and no longer at risk. Since the implant is natural-looking, your smile is whole again, making you feel confident and more attractive.
When you smile, you feel happy and that feeling can be contagious, because happiness starts from within before radiating to others. This improves your ability to interact socially and gain acceptance, leading to happy, healthy and functional life.
(Article excerpt and image from “The Benefits of Dental Implants”, Institute for Dental Implant Awareness)