If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be wondering about what options you have to replace them such as dentures and dental implants. Dr. Kenneth Edwards, your dentist in Amherst, NH, will tell you that the best option for replacing teeth is dental implants.
Let’s take a look at what it means to get dental implants, including how you should care for your them.
What Are Dental Implants?
Generally made of titanium, which the body doesn’t reject, dental implants are placed into the jawbone where the root of the missing tooth used to be.
The titanium post of the implant includes a connector on which a replacement tooth, or crown, is fitted. The complete dental implant plus crown not only looks similar to your natural tooth, but it will also function nearly the same.
Just one dental implant will take the place of one missing tooth, or you can replace all of the teeth in your mouth with dental implants.
What Makes Dental Implants Better Than Other Teeth Replacement Options?
Of course dental implants look very similar to a patient’s natural teeth. But most patients find that the best advantage to dental implants is that there are no activity or dietary restrictions with dental implants.
With dental implants, you can eat all your favorite foods and participate in all the activities you would with your natural teeth.
There is also no facial collapse, which is what happens when the jawbone begins to shrink because there are no tooth roots to stimulate it.
How Do I Care for Dental Implants?
Floss and brush as you normally would and visit your dentist twice each year for cleanings and examinations. You cannot develop cavities in your implants, but they can show wear and tear over time, so it’s important to have your dentist look at them regularly.
Call us and make an appointment to discuss dental implants with Dr. Kenneth Edwards!