Dental implant tooth restorations for a functional, beautiful smile in Tucson, AZ
Posted By Dr. Jeanne Anne Krizman
Tooth loss can affect more than just the way you bite and chew your food – it can impact your self-confidence, your oral health, and how others perceive you. Fortunately, at Tucson Biological Dentistry in Tucson, AZ, you have options to safely and effectively replace missing teeth. One of the most popular tooth restorations available today is the dental implant and for good reason. Read on to learn more about implants and how they can help restore a functional, beautiful smile.
What are dental implants?
The best way to think about a dental implant is as a replacement for the root of a lost tooth. The crown is the visible portion of the tooth that is used to chew food and speak, and the root plays an equally important role in holding your tooth firmly in your jawbone, stimulating healthy bone retention, and providing stability for your tooth. The dental implant is surgically placed in your jaw, where it undergoes a transformative process called osseointegration. During this process, the implant fuses with the bone in your mouth due to the use of a biocompatible material such as titanium or zirconia for the implant, creating an incredibly durable and strong base for a replacement tooth such as a crown.
Benefits of dental implants
By replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant, you can achieve results that most closely mimic your natural tooth’s structure and function. Because of this, there are many benefits associated with dental implants:
They can last a lifetime – while many tooth restorations will need to be replaced over time, a dental implant that is well taken care of can last for the rest of your life
They are versatile – implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, or they can help provide stability to dentures or bridges for multiple missing teeth
You can eat what you love without worry – because an implant acts like a regular tooth and is held firmly in place in your jawbone, you don’t need to worry about it slipping or falling out while you are eating, and there are no restrictions on what you can eat
They are easy to care for – you simply need to take care of your implant as you do for your regular teeth with daily brushing and flossing and regular dental check-ups
They do not harm the neighboring teeth – other tooth restoration options may require the alteration of healthy tooth structure on the adjacent teeth (like shaping a tooth for a crown that anchors a dental bridge in place)
Implants protect your jawbone from degradation – when a tooth is lost, the jawbone in that area naturally starts degrading over time due to the lack of force placed on it when eating; with a dental implant, your jawbone receives ample stimulation to keep it healthy
They look and feel natural – no one will know you have an implant, and you will likely forget you even have one because it feels and functions so much like a regular tooth
They help you look younger – when you have one or more missing teeth, it can make you look older than you are in more ways than one; by replacing the missing tooth with an implant, your cheeks will fill in instead of looking sunken, and your smile will look healthy again
A personalized care approach
As a biological dentist, Dr. Jeanne Krizman understands that each patient’s oral health needs and body chemistry are different. Materials and methods that work for one patient, such as a titanium implant, may not be appropriate for another patient. That’s why Dr. Krizman performs a thorough examination and consultation prior to beginning any treatments at Tucson Biological Dentistry, including a specialized biocompatibility testing to determine which materials may cause adverse reactions in your body.
Some patients have suffered from bone loss in their jaw due to disease, decay, or having gone an extended period with a missing tooth. In this case, Dr. Krizman might recommend a procedure called a bone graft to restore healthy bone tissue before placing an implant. She has received advanced implant training and is highly skilled at performing the necessary procedures to restore your smile safely and effectively.
To learn more about dental implants and whether they are right for you, call our Tucson, AZ office today at (520) 326-0082. We love helping restore our patients’ smiles!
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