This month, Natural Smiles is celebrating Dental Implant Month. Dr. Gill knows the difference dental implants can make for her patients’ smiles, both cosmetically and functionally. She considers both aspects when talking with her patients about the procedure. So why exactly should you choose a dental implant procedure? Our Louisville, KY implant dentist explains a few reasons below. If any of these sound good to you, call us at 502-785-8695 to get started.
Dental Implants Work Like Real Teeth
There’s nothing closer to natural, healthy teeth than implants. The big reason for this has to do with how they’re placed. Implants – tiny titanium screws or cylinders – are actually placed in your jawbone. That’s where your natural tooth roots are, too, so these function as artificial tooth roots. Your bone then grows around the implant, so it’s like a natural part of your body.
With this firm foundation in your bone, implants can provide a solid support system for your replacement teeth.
Dental Implants Let You Enjoy Your Food
The strength and stability of implants is what allows you to eat the foods you used to enjoy before losing your teeth. You might not have even been able to enjoy whatever foods you wanted before you lost your teeth if you had decayed or broken teeth. This newfound ability to eat well and eat comfortably is one of our patients’ favorite aspects of their new teeth.
Dental Implants Improve Nutrition & Digestion
Not only can you eat what you want, but you can eat what you need. Many people don’t realize that when they’re missing teeth, they may also be missing out on essential nutrients. Think about it – you’re less likely to eat whole apples, carrots, or crunchy almonds if it’s painful or impossible. Those foods and others are full of nutrition that helps keep your body healthy, and helps with digestion as well.
Our patients who have received All-on-4® in particular are grateful for this renewed opportunity to give their body the fuel it needs! All-on-4 restores an entire set of teeth or an entire mouth of teeth. Your new teeth are fixed in place, and they don’t cover the roof of your mouth. That makes eating more pleasurable all around! Dr. Gill will refer you to a nearby oral surgeon if she sees that this solution can restore your smile.
Dental Implants Don’t Move Around
If you’re worried about your dentures moving around, we have a solution. Our cosmetic dentures fit precisely, reducing the chance of this happening. But for maximum stability, Dr. Gill will discuss implants as a solution. You won’t have to think about your teeth at meals when you’re confident they’ll stay put.
Dental Implants Preserve Your Teeth
A dental bridge is a time-tested, great solution for one or two missing teeth. Dr. Gill creates beautiful bridges that have served many patients well. However, a bridge requires support from the surrounding teeth. That means those teeth must have some enamel removed from them to secure the bridge for a natural-looking fit. This process is irreversible.
If you’re missing one tooth, Dr. Gill can create an implant crown that goes on top of your implant. It doesn’t require her to compromise any healthy tooth structure. The crown is simply secured onto the implant.
Dental Implants Keep Your Bone Strong
No other tooth replacement can help preserve your jawbone like implants. When you lose a tooth, the bone underneath essentially dissolves. Implants can stop this process.
Whenever you chew, the pressure is transferred to your tooth roots – or your artificial tooth root, when you have implants. This helps keep your bone strong and healthy.
Dental Implants Restore a Youthful, Beautiful, Confident Smile
We can arrange for your implants to be topped with natural-looking replacement teeth. Depending on how many teeth you’re missing, we can replace them with crowns, bridges, or dentures. Since they’re attached to implants and don’t sit on top of your gums, they look more realistic. We can even create new teeth that are brighter than your natural teeth.
Believe it or not, these are just a few benefits of a dental implant procedure. To discuss this life-changing process in detail with Dr. Gill, call 502-785-8695. You can request a consultation at our Louisville dentist office via online form as well.