What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

pretty young woman thinkingDental implants are prosthetic teeth roots that are surgically inserted into a patient’s jawbone, where missing teeth once were. If you’ve lost one or more teeth, then your Polk City dentist, Dr. Hussong, can recommend an appropriate number of dental implants to support a dental crown, bridge, or partial/full denture. The devices mimic the sturdiness provided by natural teeth roots, and help significantly improve the function and feel of your dental prosthetic. Aside from the immediate benefits of improved support, dental implants also help preserve the long-term integrity of your dental health by facilitating a healthy flow of nutrients to the jawbone.

No More Denture Slippage

Patients who wear conventional dentures, which consist of a plastic gum-colored base secured to the dental ridge with adhesive, often have to have their dentures adjusted or replaced due to slippage. Though dentures are crafted to fit snugly over the gums, tooth loss is typically followed by jawbone resorption, especially around the empty socket within the jawbone. As the jawbone loses density, it can change shape, requiring new dentures to compensate. By replacing lost roots with one or more dental implants, you can help stop jawbone resorption and prevent the loss of jawbone density. Implants also provide unmatched support for dentures, eliminating the problem of denture slippage by addressing its causes.

Replace One, Several, or All Teeth

The beauty of implants lies largely in their diversity. Unlike your dental prosthetic, which will have to be crafted according to the number of teeth you’ve lost, dental implants can replace one or all of your teeth, if necessary. For single tooth loss, a dental implant can be topped with a lifelike, porcelain dental crown. Patients who’ve lost several teeth can attach a partial denture to their dental implants, or a complete denture if they’ve lost all of the teeth on one or both dental ridges. Because of their diversity and unique benefits, dental implants are a good idea for nearly all patients who’ve experienced tooth loss.

About Dr. Ryan Hussong:

Dr. Ryan Hussong is a dedicated restorative, family, and cosmetic dentist who is passionate about helping patients create and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles. Whether your smile is in the grips of a dental disease, or if you have a dental emergency that requires immediate attention, Dr. Hussong has the experience to help you protect, preserve, or restore your smile. To schedule a consultation with us, call the Cornerstone Dental office today at (515) 984-6001.