Dental implants offer permanent stability for tooth restorations by effectively replacing the missing tooth roots. Accordingly, implants are able to securely and comfortably keep artificial teeth, such as dental crowns, in place without the need for messy dental adhesives. Here at Your Family Dentist in Peoria, AZ, Dr. Yati Yadav proudly serves patients in the Glendale and Phoenix areas, and he can help determine if this restorative treatment is right for you!
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small metal posts that mimic the natural tooth roots' ability to permanently anchor replacement teeth. This unmatched stability is achieved through how implants are placed directly in the jawbone. To be a suitable candidate for dental implants, a patient must have enough bone in the jaw area for placement of the dental implant. Once in place, the implant and bone will gradually fuse together naturally.
It takes a few months for a dental implant to fully fuse to the jawbone, and once the fusion is complete, the implant can be topped with a dental crown to fully replace a single tooth. In cases that require multiple teeth to be replaced, several dental implants are strategically placed in the jawbone at a time. Then, either a permanent bridge or an implant-supported overdenture is placed over the dental implants.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
The benefits of dental implants are numerous. A primary benefit is that they restore your smile by permanently replacing missing teeth, but there are other benefits as well. When teeth are missing, several side effects can occur, such as sagging cheeks. By replacing missing teeth, dental implants address these unwanted side effects. Additional benefits of dental implants include:
- Stability in Tooth Restoration — Dental implants permanently anchor artificial teeth in place so there is no risk of them slipping out of place or falling out.
- Restored Facial Contours — The cheeks can droop and sag without a full set of teeth to support the muscles of the face. Dental implants help restore the natural shape of the face by providing support for sagging facial muscles.
- Reduced Strain — When teeth are missing, the remaining teeth tend to endure additional strain and can become worn down faster as they compensate for the missing ones. Dental implants help reduce extra strain by redistributing biting and chewing functions across a full set of teeth.
- Improved Speech — Missing teeth can alter speech by causing the tongue to slip into the gaps where teeth are missing. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants helps correct tongue placement when speaking and can improve speech.
Interested? Give Us a Call!
To learn more about how dental implants can restore your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Yadav, your Glendale area dentist, by calling our Peoria office at (623) 878-3300.