There’s so much to love about dental implants, they’re often the obvious choice for replacing missing teeth. At Healthy Smile Dental in Woodbridge, Illinois, Dr. Hannah Baek offers the convenience and durability of dental implants for men and women who need to replace a single tooth or several.
Because a cosmetically flawless smile begins with a healthy mouth, dental implants are the clear choice. Learn how dental implants can help give you a flawless smile and improve your oral health.
Dental implants are high-tech teeth
Dental implants are the closest you can get to natural-looking, naturally functioning teeth. Only, implants are actually more high-tech than natural teeth. Dental implants replace not only your tooth, but the root as well. Essentially, with a custom-fit implant, you get a metal root, typically made from titanium or a titanium alloy, that fuses into your jawbone to become securely attached like a natural tooth.
Titanium is the most widely used metal in dental implants, as well as joint replacements, because titanium has the highest success rate of any type of surgically implanted device. Titanium is strong, lightweight, and biocompatible, meaning your body won’t reject it. When Dr. Baek implants a titanium root into your jaw, its special properties allow the metal to fuse to your jawbone to support the artificial tooth that will go on top of it.
Why missing teeth need roots
When it comes to creating your healthy, flawless smile, this new, high-tech root is a very important aspect of your dental implant. The bone stabilization that comes from the titanium root of the implant prevents future bone loss under the missing tooth, so you can maintain the shape and density of your jawbone for years to come.
It’s important to note that if you have several missing teeth in a row, and you choose not to replace their roots, as you might with traditional dentures, over time, you’ll continue to lose bone mass in your jaw. This leads to sagging facial structures, and loose skin. Dental implant roots can prevent this bone deterioration from happening.
The many benefits of the custom crown
Beyond the high-tech implant root, you need a crown so you can chew food and talk naturally. A crown is the tooth portion of your new dental implant. The crown looks, feels, and functions most like your natural teeth. Dr. Baek customizes each crown to match the surrounding teeth in your mouth, so size, shape, and color blend seamlessly into a beautiful smile.
No chance of cavities
As an added bonus to the beautiful form and function of dental implants, you won’t have to worry about tooth decay and cavities in your new teeth — yet another reason implants are high-tech teeth. You’ll never need a root canal, and you won’t get periodontal (gum) disease around an implant. As long as you brush and floss your teeth and maintain good oral hygiene, your implants and the surrounding teeth and gums will serve you well and help maintain your flawless, cavity-free smile for a lifetime.
Eat all your favorite foods
Once a dental implant permanently fuses to your jawbone, you won’t have to worry about biting into an apple or eating crunchy foods. Your implants are securely rooted and won’t slip out of place. Treat implants like you would your natural teeth and chewing and talking naturally won’t be a problem, as it often is with missing teeth or traditional dentures.
Improve your overall oral health
You may choose dental implants and custom-fit crowns solely for their many cosmetic advantages, but ultimately, implants can also improve your oral health. Dr. Baek won’t need to alter nearby teeth to make room for your new implants. Since your natural teeth are left intact, they have a better chance of staying as healthy as your new high-tech teeth.
Plus, if you get an individual implant between two natural teeth, you’ll still be able to floss between them without a problem, reducing debris along your gums.
When it comes to creating a beautiful, healthy, flawless smile, what’s not to love about dental implants?
If you need to replace missing teeth, give our office a call or request a consultation online. Dr. Baek answers all your questions about implants and creates a treatment plan to help you achieve your dental goals, both aesthetically and for your best health.