Are you missing teeth due to tooth decay or gum disease? Or maybe you lost or damaged a tooth in a sports injury or auto accident? Dental implants can replace the teeth of adults of all ages, no matter how they lost or damaged their teeth. Implants can also be an option for adolescents, once facial growth and development has finished– generally around age 16 for girls, and age 18 for boys.
4 Reasons to Get Dental Implants
Dental implants have many advantages over other more traditional tooth replacement alternatives such as dentures and bridges. Here are four that Dr. Durning Moore of Charlotte Center for Complete Dentistry in Charlotte, NC wants to make you aware of.
1. Dental Implants Function Like Natural Teeth
Dental implants feel, look, fit and function just like they were your own healthy, natural teeth. They’re so comfortable you will probably forget you have implants once the surgical implant site is fully healed. You’ll brush and floss them clean just like you do your natural teeth without having to remove them like dentures. They also help you retain your natural face shape and smile.
2. Dental Implants Last A Lifetime
Because they are made of titanium, dental implants that are properly cared for can last many decades. Many other options such as dental bridges and dentures may suffer wear and tear and need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years. Therefore, although implants may cost you more up front, you will not need to pay to replace them as often as other options and you’ll spend less time in the dentist’s chair.
3. Implants Are Secure In Your Mouth
Your dental implants will be embedded in your jaw bone, so they won’t slip or click when you talk, eat or laugh like dentures can. You’ll also find that your speech is more natural with dental implants. With dental implants, you’ll be able to smile, talk, laugh and eat with confidence.
4. Implants Help Preserve and Protect Your Jawbone
Implants protect facial bone and healthy teeth from erosion and shifting. Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after losing one or more teeth can lead to your teeth moving due to deteriorating jawbone and gum tissues. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that stimulates the growth of new bone tissue. It is recommended you have dental implants placed as soon as possible after losing your teeth to prevent bone loss at the site. Also, dental implants do not need for adjacent teeth to be altered for bridges to be anchored or partial dentures to be attached.
Dental Implants in Charlotte, NC
If you have lost teeth for any reason and are interested in finding out if dental implants can help restore your teeth, Dr. Moore and his team at Charlotte Center for Complete Dentistry in Charlotte, NC are ready to help. Please call us at (704) 275-5323 or schedule a consultation online today!