Dental Implants 101Dental implants are surgically placed threaded posts that mimic the function of tooth roots. Once the jaw and gums have healed, a natural-looking prosthetic tooth is permanently attached to the implant via an abutment piece. The new “tooth” not only looks real, it functions just like a natural tooth, as well.
The BenefitsWhile there are certainly other replacement options, I always suggest implants to my patients. Why? Here are just a few benefits they offer:
- They are permanent and last for years! They’re firmly planted in your jaw, just like the teeth you were born with.
- They allow you to eat what you want. Unlike dentures and bridges, which come with a long list of foods that you cannot eat, implants allow you to eat your favorite foods. From corn on the cob to carne milanesa, your teeth can handle it all.
- They are easy to care for. Simply brush, floss, and follow through with your dental examinations.
- They restore confidence. If you’re preoccupied with what people think of your smile, you’re not enjoying life to its fullest. Having a mouth full of teeth makes it easier to share your smile with the world and makes you feel better about the way you look.