Overview of Dental Implants
Have you wondered if dental implants are a good solution for your dental needs? Chesterfield Family & Cosmetic Dental Center in Springfield, MO encourages patients to get in touch and find out if implant dentistry could be the ideal answer for their current situation.
As your dentist in Springfield, MO, we encourage you to consider dental implants as a good solution for a single missing tooth, but also when you are missing many teeth. This is because dental implants can be used to secure dentures or bridges, providing a restorative solution to several missing teeth.
Naturally, you may think that a visit to an implant dentist is extreme because it is a surgical remedy to missing teeth. However, dental implants offer an astonishing range of benefits beyond cosmetic replacement. Let’s consider these benefits briefly.
When you lose an adult tooth, your jawbone and gum tissue recognize the loss. In a short time, the tissue begins to recede and you even lose a bit of bone mass where the living tooth once stood. This is unfortunate enough, but the space also allows any surrounding teeth to move. Your bite is now misaligned, and your teeth are meeting improperly. This leads to wear and tear or even broken teeth, and many people can begin to clench their teeth or develop bruxism, which is tooth grinding. This can lead to even worse problems, such as TMJ or rapid decay of other teeth.
Amazingly enough, dental implants trick the gum and bone and stop any further tissue recession or loss. Because they are surgically implanted, they also force the surrounding teeth to remain in their original positions – retaining your healthy bite pattern. This prevents any of those other problems from developing, and it results in you now having a fully functional tooth.
While some people may not be good candidates for dental implants (due to diseases that make healing a challenge) the success rate for most implants is from 95 to 98%. This makes it one of the finest options for oral health and wellness. It does not, however, alleviate your need for regular dental care. Anyone with implants will always require the same daily brushing and flossing, dental cleanings and regular checkups. However, the many benefits of implants make them a wonderful solution for many different patients.
If you have additional questions about dental implants, or about any of the other treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Springfield, MO office at 417-888-0771. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.