Dental implants are one of the main treatments we provide here at Vero Implants & Periodontics. These replace missing or damaged teeth. If a patient has enough remaining jawbone structure, implants can be one of the most effective methods for replacing teeth. The implant is capped with an artificial crown that looks just like one of your natural teeth. Here is a closer look at this procedure.
Natural Look & Fit
Dental implants are color matched so they look just like the surrounding teeth. A missing tooth can cause shifting in the surrounding teeth, which can cause additional oral health problems down the road. Replacing that missing tooth with an implant makes your mouth healthier, makes a gap in your teeth disappear, and restores your smile.
Long Lasting & Durable
The metal posts used in implants are made from titanium. This allows the gums to graft to the implant; the metal will never degrade. Even if a crown is damaged or comes loose, it’s fairly easy to replace because the implant will still be there. It’s highly unlikely that you will ever need to replace an implant.
Great Success Rate
Dental implants last longer and have a higher success rate than other types of tooth replacement. This is especially true if you follow your Vero Beach dental recommendations and instructions from our office staff in caring for your crowns and implants. Implants have a failure rate as low as five percent in patients, which makes them a more successful treatment than any other. Healthy people who eat a balanced diet have the best chance of success with dental implants.
Better Ability to Eat and Chew Food With Implants
A missing or broken tooth impacts the way that you chew your food and can even impact your diet if the problem is serious enough. For example, do you avoid certain types of food, like fresh raw vegetables, due to a missing tooth? If you do, a dental implant can correct that. Once a missing tooth or teeth are replaced by implants, you will be able to chew your food normally and enjoy all the foods of a regular, well-balanced diet.
Dental implants are attached to the jawbone just like your natural teeth are attached by their roots. A missing tooth can cause bone resorption in the jaw over time, and begin reducing the overall size and density of the jawbone. The implant keeps everything in place and reduces bone resorption.
Improved Facial Features
Missing teeth can eventually cause the facial muscles to atrophy. This can give the face a “sunken” appearance. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants allows the facial features to not deteriorate in this way as you age.
Replacement methods like bridges require the neighboring teeth to be cut down or adjusted in order to attach the bridge to them. A dental implant allows you to retain more of your natural tooth structure. The preservation of bone and reduced bone resorption from implants also keeps your face looking younger, reducing the risk of more serious oral problems as you age.
What if Your Jawbone Has Deteriorated?
In some cases, a patient may have lost too much jawbone structure to receive a dental implant. In that situation, a bone grafting procedure can be performed which will make the jawbone thicker in that location. Following a successful bone grafting, the patient can then have an implant and replacement crown placed.
Contact Us about Dental Implants
If you have missing or damaged teeth, contact us. Dental implants might be the solution, or we may recommend a different treatment option that will work best for your situation. You can schedule an appointment with us at (770) 569-9700 at our office in Vero Beach.