Are dental implants on your list of considered restoration options? If not, you may be overlooking an excellent way to replace your tooth. Your Charlotte, NC, dentist Dr. Don Timpton, offers dental implants at Carmel Commons Dental—read on to learn the benefits of this fantastic treatment!
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants take the place of your missing tooth roots. The implant itself is a tiny titanium post that bonds to your jawbone after being placed there during a minor oral surgical procedure. In just a few months, the implant becomes firmly attached to your jawbone, and once this bonding occurs, your Charlotte dentist makes an impression of your mouth, which is then used to create a natural-looking crown. Finally, this crown is attached to the top of your implant with a connector called an abutment, resulting in a new tooth.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
It's hard to feel proud of your smile when you have missing teeth, but thanks to your new dental implants, your smile will be full once again! Implants also make chewing easy and comfortable. You won't notice any change in your biting power when you chew with your dental implants! Many people also find implants a better option to dentures because they don't slip and irritate your gums during meals. No matter what you eat, your implants won't budge.
If you're concerned about your budget, you'll definitely want to consider dental implants. Although the initial costs may be a little higher, implants will save you money in the long run. Unlike bridges and dentures which must be replaced approximately every 10 to 15 years, your dental implants will likely never be replaced. (You'll still need to replace your crowns from time to time, but it's much cheaper to replace a crown than a bridge or dentures.)
Dental implants also keep your jawbone from shrinking and weakening, a problem that can occur when your roots no longer stimulate the bone. As the bone shrinks, it may cause your other teeth to shift or loosen. Eventually, teeth may fall out and your jaw may no longer support your lower facial muscles, which can cause unattractive sagging.
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Are you ready to replace your missing teeth with dental implants? Call your Dr. Timpton's Charlotte, NC, office at (704) 540-2443 to schedule an appointment today!