We are a dental office in Scottsdale that offers a wide range of dental services. We treat patients that have alignment and teeth decay issues as well as those that are looking for cosmetic dentistry solutions. Many patients also come to us with damaged, decayed, or missing teeth. If a tooth is severely decayed or damaged, sometimes extraction becomes the only solution.
We at Rod W. Gore DDS have seen that missing teeth can have a physical and emotional impact on the person. They don’t feel confident enough to smile or socialize and often struggle to eat correctly as well. This is where dental implants come in. Here are some important facts about dental implants:
Dental Implants- Important Facts
1. A Dental Implant Is an Almost Permanent Replacement For A Natural Tooth
A dental implant consists of a titanium ‘root’ fitted in the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. Once the surrounding bone matter fuses with this implant, a metal/ceramic/porcelain prosthetic tooth is fitted over the implant. It is a near-permanent replacement for a natural tooth and has almost the same amount of biting force. While removable dentures serve a similar purpose, they only provide 25-50% of the force that natural teeth do.
2. Dental Implants Help Preserve the Jawbone
Whenever a tooth is lost, the jawbone starts to recede and changes shape. In turn, this also alters the shape of the face. When the jawbone recedes, the person’s face gets a sunken look, which also results in wrinkles around the mouth, which makes the person appear older than they are. If they wear dentures, the jawbone changes can cause the denture to shift in the mouth. This can be uncomfortable and embarrassing for the wearer.
3. Dental implant surgery is Highly Predictable
Most people become a little unnerved when they hear the word “surgery” being spoken and feel that it’s something very complicated. However, the fact is that dental implant surgery is a time-tested dentistry procedure that is not only predictable but successful too. This surgery is successful 98% of the time, which is an impressive success rate for any procedure.
The dentist will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth and jawbone to determine whether the latter is strong enough to support an implant. Most people that opt for dental implants are pleasantly surprised to note that they experience very little sensitivity after the procedure.
4. Dental Implants Don’t Develop Cavities
Natural teeth are resilient and strong. However, age, wear and tear, cavities, and gum disease can cause them to fail over time. When a tooth develops a cavity, it needs to be filled as soon as possible to prevent it from spreading, and this can be a constant concern. However, a dental implant cannot develop a cavity. Once the implant is in place, all you have to do is brush and floss it like you would natural teeth.
5. Dental Implants Help Improve Your Health
Missing teeth mar the appearance of your smile and affect your confidence levels. However, it can impact your overall health too. Individuals without teeth can have a much shorter lifespan compared to people with natural teeth. It doesn’t become possible to maintain a healthy diet without teeth. If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants allow you to consume the foods you like
A healthy mouth is as essential to your health as regular exercise and diet are. Missing teeth affect your physical health, lower your self-esteem, and your emotional health. In some cases, they can cause isolation due to embarrassment too. We at Rod W. Gore DDS understand the implications of missing teeth and recommend dental implants to patients that need them, not just for cosmetic reasons, but also for restoration.
If you want to know more about our dental implants, call Rod W. Gore DDS at 480 585 6225 or contact us directly.