See that gaping hole in your smile? Well, everyone else can see it, too. But that’s not the only reason to have a tooth replacement. Just one missing tooth can lead to other oral health issues such as tooth decay, periodontal disease and more missing teeth. Tooth loss may also make it difficult to speak clearly and enjoy a variety of foods. Perhaps the best tooth replacement option is a dental implant. Unlike others—a partial, full dentures, or crown and bridge—that merely rest on top of your gums, dental implants integrate with the underlying bone to provide a stable base for your new tooth. Dr. Kodish and his team would be delighted to restore your complete smile with dental implants in Forth Lauderdale.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants actually consist of two parts: the portion above the gum line that is crafted to look just like the crown of your former tooth and the portion below the gum line that is anchored in your jaw. This embedded implant gives you two distinct benefits.
First, the implant acts just like a tooth root, anchoring your new restoration firmly in place. Made of the biocompatible metal titanium, the dental implant and surrounding bone tissue fuse together. The process is called osseointegration (osseo=bone and integration=fuse) and when completed after a few months of healing provides a strong foundation for your eventual tooth restoration.
The second advantage is the way a dental implant helps maintain your jaw formation. Without a tooth root, bone tissue in the immediate vicinity begins to degenerate. As this happens over time, your jaw begins to shrink and your facial structure eventually looks more aged. A dental implant, however, stimulates your jaw every time you bite, thus encouraging healthy new bone tissue growth.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, dental implants can last a lifetime when they are properly placed and cared for over time. They may need periodic adjustments, so maintaining regular dental checkups with Fort Lauderdale dentist Dr. Kodish is critical to their longevity.
What’s the Best Way to Care for Dental Implants?
Just like you natural teeth, the condition of dental implants relies largely on the health of surrounding soft tissue. Plaque and tartar buildup must be avoided; these two troublemakers that can lead to gum disease are just as likely to cling to tooth restorations as they are natural teeth. So, removing plaque with twice daily brushing and once a day flossing is imperative.
Contact Our Office Today
You don’t have to contend with the difficulties of missing teeth. We have solutions at the Kodish Dental Group. To learn more about dental implants, call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kodish.