Replacing missing teeth is important, and not just because a gap in your smile is unattractive. Your teeth are designed to work together, and when one or more are missing, chewing and eating becomes challenging.
You don’t have to live with the discomfort and embarrassment of missing teeth. At Darryl L. Hatchett, DDS, Family Dentistry, we’re pleased to offer state-of-the-art dental implants, an excellent tooth replacement that can last a lifetime if properly maintained.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is made of two main parts: the titanium implant that works like a replacement for the missing root, and a tooth-colored crown or other type of restoration secured to the implant.
The implant is placed surgically in your jawbone by one of our highly respected local oral surgeons. Over time, the replacement post bonds with surrounding bone and tissue so that it actually becomes part of your jaw. The post of the dental implant forms a strong bond with your jawbone, acting as a replacement root to which new teeth are attached.
Why Are Dental Implants a Good Choice?
The biggest and most obvious benefit dental implants offer is the way in which they can dramatically transform a damaged smile. But implants also provide even more advantages over other types of tooth replacement:
- Implants look natural and function like real teeth.
- They support the bone in your jaw to prevent it from breaking down.
- Implants are very durable and last for years.
- Dental implants are stable and help neighboring teeth stay in proper position.
- The success rate of dental implants is as high as 98%.
A dental implant also helps eliminate many oral health problems that can occur when a lost tooth isn't replaced. Some of these problems include loss of jaw bone, changes to your dental bite that can lead to chronic clenching and grinding, cracked teeth, and jaw pain.
What Other Uses Do Implants Have?
Since they were first introduced decades ago, other effective uses have been developed for dental implants. With dental implants, Dr. Hatchett can stabilize your dentures and restore the function that was lost along with your natural teeth.
Dentures supported with dental implants re-establish lip support and eliminate the sunken appearance that can occur due to bone and tooth loss. Implant-supported dentures are also removable, making oral hygiene much more efficient.
Traditional dentures rest on top of your gum line and use natural suction and adhesive to secure them in place. Implant-supported overdentures, however, snap into place on top of the implants, ensuring a comfortable, secure fit.
We Support You Throughout Treatment
We know that there's a lot to consider when making the decision to get dental implants. Dr. Hatchett will take the time to explain the process thoroughly and make sure that all your questions are answered. During the entire placement process, we will be there of you with whatever you need to make your dental implant treatment as easy as possible.
If you're interested in learning more about the benefits of dental implants, please give our office a call. A helpful member of our team will work with you to arrange a complimentary consultation at your convenience.