Any person at any age can experience tooth loss, whether it’s a single tooth or even all of your teeth. This can happen for a variety of reasons whether it’s from poor oral hygiene, disease, genetics, or even an accident. Tooth loss doesn’t discriminate based on age, it can happen to anyone. Dentures are often thought of as a solution for tooth loss when you lose teeth when you reach old age, but that’s not always the case. As you get older, there’s a good chance you may not need artificial teeth at all. Or, you may need them sooner than you think, maybe while you’re still in early adulthood. Each person’s case is different.
Not every person looking for artificial teeth, whether you’re young or old, may want dentures though. This can be due to the lack of stability or comfort that dentures provide or even the lack of normalcy you might be wanting from a new smile. Even if you’re not missing all of your teeth, partial dentures exist as well to only replace a few missing teeth. When it comes to something like missing teeth, it affects your confidence and your lifestyle. When we go through a change that alters our life like that, sometimes the biggest thing we crave is the normalcy we had before our life was altered. If you’re one of those people and are afraid that dentures won’t give you what you’re looking for, then maybe dental implants are the solution.
Dental implants can replace one, several, or even all of your teeth. Unlike dentures, implants provide a strong foundation for your replacement teeth and will stay in place. Implants also help preserve your jaw. Since the implant acts as how your natural tooth root would and provides stimulation to your jaw to help keep it strong. Oftentimes with dentures or missing teeth, your jaw bone will shrink from the lack of stimulation that your tooth roots provide. Which can lead to changes to your facial structure. This can also be a blow to your self-esteem to watch your face change, but dental implants can help your facial structure remain unchanged. Plus once you have your implants and crowns placed, you can treat them like you would your normal teeth. You can brush and floss them normally, and you’ll still continue to see your dentist every six months for a checkup.
There is no denture adhesive necessary for implants, once they’re implanted into your mouth, they’re in! They’ll give you back the normalcy you crave as they’ll act very similarly to your natural teeth would have. Implants have a comparable bite, they’re secure, they’re comfortable, and they’ll even feel like your natural teeth did. So whether you’re missing one or all of your teeth. They’re a great option for patients looking for the closest thing to what they had before experiencing tooth loss. We can give you just one implant to replace one tooth, or more if you’re missing several or even all your teeth to completely transform your smile.
Once we determine that you’re a good candidate for implants, we will set up an appointment to have your implants placed. Once we implant the titanium rods that will act as your tooth root (also known as posts), we will allow your mouth to heal. It can take anywhere from 2-6 months of healing for your mouth to be able to fully support a tooth. Once healed, we will attach crowns to the posts we implanted into your mouth and your smile will be restored.
We are always here to help our patients feel confident in their smiles again. Regardless of their age or their situation. If you have any questions concerning dental implants. Don’t hesitate to call us and potentially set up a consultation to discuss your situation further to see if dental implants are the right solution for you. We offer free consultations for patients considering dental implants.