If you’re living with missing teeth, we probably don’t have to tell you how inconvenient they can be. Missing teeth interfere with your ability to chew your favorite foods or even just feel confident smiling in public.
That’s why simply filling in those smile gaps can lead to a drastic increase in quality of life! And there’s no better way to do it than with dental implants. More than 3 million Americans are enjoying the benefits of dental implants, and you can too with the help of Hillcrest Dental Care!
Read on to learn about some of the benefits dental implants have to offer. Then, give our Waco, TX office a call at 254-400-2868 to schedule your dental implant consultation with Dr. Thrasher.
A More Lifelike Prosthetic
When you lose a tooth, you lose more than just the part that’s visible when you smile. You lose the root of the tooth, the bony support structure that connects to the jawbone and keeps the tooth in place.
Dental implants are small metal posts that act as artificial tooth roots, which allows you to replace both parts of a missing tooth. In fact, when you replace a single missing tooth with a dental implant and dental crown (a single-tooth prosthetic), it’s as close as you can get to a brand new tooth!
Improved Dental Function
When you lose teeth, you lose some of your natural bite force — which means chewing becomes more difficult and you might have to modify your diet. But with dental implants, you’ll regain up to 90 percent of your natural bite force!
Never pass up a steak dinner again. With dental implants, you’ll be able to enjoy all the foods you did before you experienced tooth loss. You might also find that replacing missing teeth improves your dental function in other ways, such as making speaking easier and more comfortable.
Better Bone Health
When you lose a tooth, your jawbone no longer has a tooth root to support. This often results in a loss of bone mass. This jawbone deterioration occurs even when you fill in your smile gap with a dental bridge or another prosthetic that simply rests on the gums. That’s why long-time denture wears sometimes have a sunken appearance to their face.
Because a dental implant is a stand-in for a natural tooth root, the jawbone continues working as it would with a natural tooth root. In this way, you’re less likely to experience bone loss.
Boost Your Confidence
Above all, dental implants will help you feel more confident about your smile! There is, of course, the cosmetic benefit of filling in your smile gaps. But with dental implants, your prosthetic simply becomes a part of you over time.
You’ll never have to worry about an ill-fitting prosthetic or one that slips out of place. In fact, dental implants feel, function, and look like real teeth — so much so that you might even forget that they’re there!
Explore Your Teeth Replacement Options
If you’re looking to explore your teeth replacement options, Hillcrest Dental Care makes it possible to do so in a relaxing, low-pressure environment. Give us a call at 254-400-2868 to schedule a consultation, or use our online form to request an appointment.