This is hard for most people to believe, but it’s true: over one-third of U.S. adults are missing one or more teeth. More than 30 million people in this country are missing all of their teeth. Dental bridges and dentures are the traditional solutions for teeth replacement, but while they function fairly well they also have some limitations. Today, dental implants have revolutionized how people are regaining the ability to smile without embarrassment, eat the foods they love, and laugh with confidence.
If you’re looking for an excellent and lasting tooth replacement option, consider dental implants from Dr. Ryan Shepherd of Uptown Dental Associates in Albuquerque, NM.
What Are Dental Implants?
Implants are small screws made of an extremely strong metal like titanium. The screws are inserted into the bone where a tooth is missing, and the bone fuses to and anchors the implant just like a natural tooth root. Unlike almost all other metals, the body doesn’t reject titanium which is why it’s also used for knee replacements.
An abutment is the piece that attaches to the implant and secures the restoration. Restorations include a dental crown, a bridge, or even a full set of dentures. Typically, one implant will support a crown while two or more implants are needed for a bridge or a full arch of dentures.
Once in place, the completed implant looks, feels, and functions just like your natural teeth.
Implants are incredibly durable and with care they should last the rest of your life. The restoration – for instance, a dental crown – is subject to wear just like any other crown and will need to be replaced periodically.
Dental Implant Advantages
In addition to being extremely durable, implants are the superior choice for a number of reasons:
- Unlike a traditional dental bridge, there’s no need to “grind down” neighboring teeth to hold the crowns that support the bridge.
- Implants are by far the most secure way to attach a restoration, yet the restoration can be easily removed by Dr. Shepherd if needed.
- Implants function just like tooth roots, stimulating bone growth and strength by transferring the pressure of chewing.
Are Implants Right for You?
Most people can enjoy the benefits of dental implants, but there are some important considerations. The chief factor is the thickness and strength of the bone that will support the implant. Other considerations include any health problems, including active gum disease and any issues with healing.
When you schedule your implant consultation with Dr. Shepherd, he’ll carefully assess whether dental implants are the right solution for your needs.
You don’t have to live with damaged or missing teeth. Today’s modern dental implants may be the solution for you. Smile without embarrassment, eat the foods you love, and enjoy life again!
Get started by contacting Uptown Dental Associates in Albuquerque, NM at 505-207-3369 to schedule your dental implant consultation. You can also use our convenient online form to request a consultation or to ask questions.