Let’s Talk About Implants
Dental implants not only change your smile, they can change your life. And although people have become more comfortable talking about those other types of implants, dental implants are not the ones you hear much about. Let’s change that.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root. But instead of nerves and cementum, it’s made of a titanium screw that is surgically implanted into the jaw. This screw then fuses with your own bone to create an anchor for a crown, bridge, full or partial denture. And, since it’s made of titanium, chances are, unlike other types of implants, a dental implant will last a lifetime.
Give Your Look an Instant Upgrade
No one likes the look of a missing tooth. But it might be affecting more than just your smile. In fact, replacing a missing tooth could change the entire shape of your face. A lost tooth could result in resorption, which is when your body leaches calcium from your jawbone (which it believes is no longer useful) to use in other areas. This leads to that sunken look that instantly ages you. But when you get an implant, the body responds to the titatium as if it were real bone. So it not only stops your body from taking bone density away from your face, but starts to build up bone deposits around the implant in a process called osseointegration. And when your face looks fuller, you look younger!
Implants Help You Eat What You Love
A missing tooth could be a killer for your social-life, but it could also kill your enjoyment of the foods you love. Depending on where the missing tooth or teeth are located, it might make it significantly harder to chew nuts, apples, carrots, chips and hard candy — although, let’s be real, candy is not recommended if you want to maintain good oral health anyway. But if you’re not ready to give up on some of the foods you love, an implant is a solid investment in being able to enjoy your life AND your dinner!
Are you ready to make a life-changing decision? Call Dr. Heller and ask about implants today!