4 Ways Dental Implants Improve Your Oral Health

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Missing teeth affect the appearance and function of your smile. It’s a problem every time you eat and every time you smile. Patients with missing teeth in West Liberty Iowa and Muscatine Iowa can turn to Gentle Family Dentists for great replacement teeth. Our offices are using dental implants to replace single missing teeth or to secure dentures.

Dental implants are known as the strongest tooth replacement option in dentistry, and today we want to show you why. Dental implants are an investment, but they are far superior to any other type of tooth replacement option you can find. At Gentle Family Dentists, we have helped countless patients overcome major smile problems with the aid of dental implants.

Here’s why those patients experienced:

Dental implants secure your new teeth

Our implants are placed into the jawbone and act like the root of the tooth. The implants are made from titanium, a biocompatible material that naturally merges with the bone. The implants take a few months to fully heal with the bone. You’ll wear provisional teeth during that time, but later we’ll craft your new permanent teeth. We can place dental implants for single missing teeth, areas of missing teeth, or even full arches of missing teeth.

Implants nearly match power of natural teeth

There is nothing as good as your natural teeth, but implants are the closest we can get to natural teeth. We can compare the power of implants with the most common tooth replacement option: dentures. People often assume that dentures are the only way to treat missing teeth, but they soon find that dentures slid around in the mouth, even with adhesives. It’s also impossible for dentures to match the power of natural teeth. In fact, studies show that dentures can only match the power of natural teeth by about 25 to 50 percent. That means people with removable dentures have trouble eating some of their favorite foods. When you have dental implants, you don’t have to worry about your teeth sliding around, and you can eat whatever you want again.

We’ve found that patients with dental implants actually improve their diets!

Dental implants preserve your youthful appearance

When the teeth are lost, the jawbone will begin to recede. This can happen over the course of a few months. The problem is that this recession changes the shape of your jawbone and your face. People with removable dentures experience jawbone recession.  What happens is that the nose and chin literally grow closer together, and you’ll develop wrinkles around the mouth. Patients also develop that sunken in look. All of this makes you look much older than you really are.

Because dental implants merge with the bone, they stop jawbone recession in its tracks. As a result, implants not only restore you function to the mouth, but they also preserve your youthful appearance.

Dental implant procedure is successful, and the implants can last forever

Once dental implants have healed, they are part of your body. Like any part of your body, it’s meant to last forever. We can place dental implants with about a 98 percent success rate. We are using the latest technology, 3D imaging, to find the most appropriate location for the dental implant. The 3D imaging improves the success of the treatment, reduces recovery, and increases the performance of the implants.

What tooth replacement is right for you?

We have multiple ways to replace missing teeth and even more than one implant system. We have traditional implants and then mini dental implants, which are for patients with extensive jawbone recession. If you need multiple implants or extensive dental work, we can offer relaxation dentistry to keep you comfortable in the chair. We’d love to chat more about your dental goals and. Give us a call today at 563-288-2612 to schedule your first appointment.

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