A smile is normally one of the first things you notice about a person and if you happen to be suffering from dental issues, you may be less than confident about putting your best smile forward. If you are missing teeth or have gaps between your teeth, dental implants may be the right choice to remedy this situation and help you regain the confidence you’d like to have facing the world. If you’re living on the Emerald Coast, Dr. Alex Jeffry, one of the areas premier dentists who focus on dental implant work, can help you.
1. A dental implant looks and feels like a real tooth
Dental implants are the next best thing to your real teeth. A dental implant is a metal post that is surgically implanted into your jaw, below your gums, just like the root of a tooth. As an implant fuses to your jawbone it offers a stable support for an artificial tooth (or crown) that looks and acts just like a real tooth. Implants will keep your replacement teeth from shifting or slipping in your mouth during daily activities such as eating, drinking, and speaking. The more reinforced fit also feels more natural than traditional bridges and dentures alone.
2. Dental implants are more comfortable
For many people, conventional dentures and bridges aren’t comfortable, or even plausible, because of previous issues such as sores, uneven ridges, or gagging issues. Bridges also require the presence of other teeth on each side to help support the appliance plus these teeth are ground down as part of the bridge procedure. Dental implants don’t need any neighboring teeth, only healthy gums and good oral hygiene to be successful.
3. Dental implants are a more long-term solution
Unlike dentures and bridges, dental implants don’t pose a risk of becoming loose and falling out. Loose dentures and bridges can be both a painful and embarrassing experience. Tooth-supported bridges only last for about five to seven years. While dental implants may need occasional adjustments, they are designed to last a lifetime making them a more cost-effective, long-term solution.
4. Dental implants protect your overall oral health
Dental implants preserve natural tooth tissue by avoiding the need to cut down adjacent teeth for conventional bridgework. Dental implants also safeguard your bone and mouth health. If you have gaps in your mouth you are susceptible to bone loss and degeneration without the presence of a tooth to support it. Dental implants can actually aid in restoring the health of your mouth by not only preserving but encouraging natural bone growth.
5. Dental implants restore your natural confidence
Dental implants provide you with a healthy natural look that retains the shape of your face and smile. No one will be able to tell the difference between your dental implants and real teeth. You also don’t need to worry about dentures falling out or bridges becoming loose while you go about your daily life.
Most adults qualify to have dental implants done. Certain uncontrolled medical conditions may decrease implant treatment effectiveness, so first discuss your full medical history with Dr Alex Jeffrey. Patient results may vary. Dr Jeffrey will explain the benefits and risks associated with dental implants to see if dental implants are right for you. The implant placement procedure is minimally invasive and can generally be completed in one day.
The value of dental implants far exceeds conventional bridge and denture options. Insurance policies vary but most cover a portion of the restorative procedure. For those without insurance, you can enjoy a discount on all dental work done at Jeffrey Dental Clinic when you enroll in our Dental Savings Program.
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