Keeping your teeth in good shape is one of the most important steps to living a healthy life that you can take. Just think about it: your teeth are an incredibly important part of your life and enable you to do things that you might otherwise not be able to do.
Things like ensuring that your ability to speak well remains intact, for example, or eating things that require the ability to chew, requires a healthy set of teeth. With that in mind, at Van Alstine Family Dentistry, we believe that our patients deserve a functioning mouth, regardless of whether or not they have had teeth extracted. That is why we are happy to offer implant restorations to our patients as a potential tooth restoration option.
What are dental implants?
When you lose a tooth, you might find yourself wondering what kind of restoration in which to invest to get the best and most effective replacement possible for the price. Dr. Van Alstine will urge you to consider dental implants, should you prove to be a good candidate.
Dental implants are a dental device used to help ensure that patients missing teeth are still able to maintain their oral health and continue doing things like eating and speaking normally. Implants are comprised of two different parts. The first is the actual implant itself. Much as the name suggests, an implant is implanted into the jaw of the patient in question via a surgical procedure. That implant then grows to become part of the jawbone itself, just like natural teeth are.
The implant and restoration process
Presenting patients with an option to invest in implants that function like natural teeth is important to us. Dental implants are some of the most realistic tooth replacement options out there, especially once the actual crown is attached to the post.
Once your wound has healed and we are sure that everything looks good, we will place a crown on top of the implant (the post that goes into your mouth and jaw). This will complete the overall natural look of your smile while ensuring that your implant restoration is functional and practical.
Do I need implant restorations?
Many patients wonder if there is any point in investing in implant restorations, and the answer is a hearty “yes”! Implant restorations help you retain the function of natural teeth. Even more than that, however, they help fight the breakdown of tissue and bone that tends to occur when teeth are extracted.
The loss of this bone and tissue could lead to significant complications regarding your dental health in the future, which is why it is such a good idea to have an implant restoration placed as quickly as possible after losing a tooth. Avoid the pitfalls that come with a compromised jaw completely!