If you are looking for durable and highly lifelike replacements for your missing teeth, you may want to consider dental implants. These restorations are surgically affixed inside your jawbone, making them an outstanding way to replace one, several, or all of your teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small biocompatible titanium posts. After determining the optimal positions for these posts, Dr. Yum will position them inside your bone. Over several months, your bone will seal around the implants. Through this process, known as osseointegration, they will become replacements for your dental roots. After your gums and bone have healed, Dr. Yum will attach a beautifully crafted crown, bridge, or denture. When you care for your implants properly, your new teeth could last the rest of your life.
The Advantages of Dental Implants
In addition to their durability, implants offer significant advantages for your dental health. Like traditional bridges, implants will keep your other teeth from shifting out of position. In addition to preventing widespread misalignment, the restorations can maintain the healthy force and balance of your bite. In this way, they can reduce your risk for bruxism, dental erosion, and TMJ Disorder. Perhaps most significantly, implants are the only dental restoration that can prevent jawbone degeneration. Like your dental roots, implants send regenerative signals that stimulate the production of new minerals.
Implants can also enhance your appearance. First, because your restorations will nestle directly against your gum tissue, they will be virtually identical to natural teeth. They will also be crafted from the latest dental material, giving them a lifelike sparkle. Second, by replacing your missing teeth, implants can restore your facial shape and profile. The new restorations will fill out your lips and cheeks, restoring youthful volume.
Are You a Good Candidate for Implants?
Dental implants may be a great option if you are missing one or more teeth. However, to be considered for this treatment, you must have enough volume to support the restorations. Dr. Yum will use x-rays and other imaging to examine your jawbone and determine your candidacy for treatment. If you do not qualify for implants, he may recommend another lifelike option, such as a traditional bridge or removable dentures.
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