Posts for: March, 2016
After you lose a tooth, you might feel that you have less to smile about, particularly if the gap in your teeth is very obvious. Dental implants offer a permanent way to replace a missing tooth or teeth and improve your smile. Your York, PA, dentist, Dr. Michael W. Bowser, Jr., shares some important information about this innovative tooth replacement option.
Dental implants restore your ability to bite and chew
If you've lost one or more teeth, biting and chewing can become very challenging, especially if you've lost molars. Dental implants restore your chewing and biting capabilities, allowing you to once again eat the foods you enjoy.
Dental implants replace tooth roots
During the first phase of the implant process, your York dentist adds a tiny titanium implant that looks like a screw to your jaw. The implant takes the place of the roots of your tooth. Because titanium is a biocompatible material, it bonds easily to the surrounding jawbone. Once bonding occurs, your implant is as strong as natural tooth roots. Stability is very important because the implant serves as the foundation for a crown that will act as an artificial tooth.
Replacing lost tooth roots also helps your jaw stay strong by constantly stimulating the underlying bone. Without constant stimulation, the jawbone begins to shrink and weaken, which can eventually contribute to facial sagging.
Dental implants are a cost-effective solution
A bridge or partial or full dentures might seem like the better option for your wallet, but it's important to compare the long-term costs of each tooth replacement option. A dental implant involves a one-time cost while dentures or bridges will probably need to be replaced several times.
Implant care is easy
Caring for your dental implants is as simple as brushing and flossing. Plaque build-up on the gum line can lead to an infection that can threaten the health of your new implant. Establishing a good oral hygiene routine can help you ensure that your dental implant stays strong and healthy.
Interested in learning if a dental implant is the right tooth replacement option for you? Call Dr. Michael W. Bowser, Jr., your York, PA, dentist, at (717) 846-9428 and schedule an appointment. Restore your smile with a dental implant!