Learn more about dental implants from your Pasadena dentist.
Are dental implants among the options you've been considering to replace a missing tooth? Dr. Kevin Gill, your Pasadena, TX, dentist, explains how you can improve your smile with implants.
Implants offer the longest-lasting replacement option
Depending on the number of teeth you've lost, you're probably considering bridges or dentures, in addition to dental implants. Although both options can restore your smile, they must be replaced periodically. Since dental implants bond to your jawbone, there's a very good chance you'll never need to replace them. Implants take the place of tooth roots and provide a stable foundation for the artificial tooth that replaces your tooth above the gum line.
Dental implants boost your self-esteem
Have you stopped smiling since you've lost your tooth? Losing a tooth can affect your self-esteem even if you're normally a very confident person. Once your implant is in place, you'll no longer feel self-conscious about your smile.
Implants prevent bone loss and sagging
Have you ever noticed that people who've lost all of their teeth often develop significant facial sagging? The problem occurs because they no longer have tooth roots to stimulate their jawbones and keep them strong. Dental implants exert constant pressure on the jawbone and prevent it from weakening and receding. Unfortunately, if you don't choose implants and you've lost multiple teeth, your jawbone may become so weak that it won't be able to support your teeth and they'll eventually fall out.
Dental implants are versatile
Dental implants aren't just recommended if you lost one or two teeth. They can also be used to replace all of your teeth. Four to six implants can anchor an entire upper or lower denture. Dental implants don't slip like dentures can if they don't fit properly. When you choose implant-supported dentures, you'll find eating to be a much more comfortable experience, plus it may be easier to speak clearly too.
Implants make oral hygiene easier
Without the support of the tooth you've lost, surrounding teeth can start to drift and overlap. Overlapping teeth not only affect the appearance of your smile but can also make it difficult to remove cavity-causing plaque from teeth. When you choose an implant, your teeth will remain in place, making oral hygiene less of a challenge.
Would you like to find out if you're a good candidate for dental implants? Call Dr. Gill, your Pasadena, TX, dentist, at (713) 947-0293 to schedule your appointment.