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Why Implants Might Be the Answer to Your Missing Teeth

Why Implants Might Be the Answer to Your Missing Teeth

Your smile is your first impression. Missing teeth can make you self-conscious, plus they endanger your oral health.

As many as 120 million people in the United States are missing at least one tooth. Tooth loss happens because of decay, gum disease, or injury. Regardless of why you’re missing a tooth, replacing it is important to helping you maintain function, oral health, and a complete smile. 

Dental implants are an incredible option if you’re missing one or more teeth. They are sturdy, function like your normal teeth, and support the integrity of your jawbone and smile. Dental implants also have a 95% success rate, meaning they’re an incredibly reliable option. 

At Advanced Care Dentistry, we are proud to offer high-quality dental implants to restore your smile. Here’s why we believe they really are one of the best options when it comes to replacing missing teeth.

Why you need a complete smile

Gaps in your teeth endanger the positioning and health of the surrounding teeth. The open spaces attract bacteria that can infiltrate surrounding teeth, making it more likely that you develop gum disease and tooth decay. 

The gaps also make it easy for teeth to shift from their original position toward the open space. This changes your bite and potentially your chewing power and speech. It can even change the look of your smile.

When you’re missing tooth roots, your jaw bone doesn’t get necessary stimulation to stay strong and integrous. As this bone degenerates, your smile sinks in and your other teeth lose their foundation. 

How implants help

Implants consist of a metal post inserted into your jaw bone, much like a natural tooth root. This gives the bone needed stimulation and is something partial and full dentures can never do. 

Dental implants are incredibly sturdy, too. They don’t slip and slide like other false teeth. 

The metal post of your implant is affixed with a porcelain crown that matches your natural teeth in shade, shape, and sheen. These crowns are incredibly strong so you can bite and chew normally. Plus, they look so much like your natural teeth, no one will know you have the implant. 

Implants can replace one missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or a whole row of missing teeth with an implant supported denture. 

Am I a candidate?

You do need healthy gums and enough supportive jaw bone in which to place the implant. We can help heal any periodontal disease in advance of your implant procedure. Patients with inadequate bone may need to receive a bone graft before receiving the implant. 

We will do what we can to help you get the best possible replacement for your missing tooth. If an implant isn’t possible, we may be able to offer a bridge or the very best in dentures so you aren’t left with an uncomfortable gap. 

We’re committed to optimizing your smile’s look and health. If you have missing teeth and are interested in learning more about dental implants, contact Advanced Care Dentistry. Call our Woodinville, Washington office or reach out via this website to set up an appointment.

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