Why Dental Implants are the Gold Standard for Replacing Missing Teeth

Either Dr. Eric Wilhelm or Dr. John Wilhelm of The Wilhelm Dental Group in La Plata, Maryland, can provide a thorough examina

Missing teeth affect more than your smile and self-esteem. Your ability to eat, speak, and the overall health of your teeth and gums are also impacted. Thanks to modern technology and techniques, there has never been a better remedy than today’s dental implants. 

Installing Dental implants entails a surgical procedure in which a metal post is implanted into your jawbone to act as a tooth root. This metal post is then covered with a tooth-like abutment that looks, feels, and functions just like a real tooth. 

Either Dr. Eric Wilhelm or Dr. John Wilhelm of The Wilhelm Dental Group in La Plata, Maryland, can provide a thorough examination and evaluate whether dental implants are right for you. In the meantime, they offer the following overview of dental implants and what to expect when selecting this gold standard of dental prosthetic.

A secure and comfortable replacement 

Dental implants entail the installation of a metal post in your jaw that serves as the root for your artificial tooth. This secure anchoring makes dental implants feel and function in the same way as natural teeth. Unlike bridges and removable partial dentures that can move or come loose, you don’t have to worry about your implants slipping or falling out while you speak or eat.

Added stability

Each tooth in your mouth relies on its neighboring teeth for structure and support. When one tooth is lost, the surrounding teeth begin to shift into the empty space. As your teeth move out of position, this affects your appearance, ability to chew, and even your bite alignment. This can also lead to jaw pain and headaches. By filling this gap with an implant, your teeth stay in proper alignment. 

A boost for your bones 

Your jaw relies on your teeth to remain healthy. If you’re missing a tooth, that bone area in your jaw can lose 25% of its volume. And, it will continue to deteriorate as more time passes. Dental implants stimulate your jaw, which causes new bone growth and overall bone health.  

Add to your oral health

A missing tooth creates more areas in your mouth to trap bacteria that can lead to gum or periodontal disease. This develops in the soft and hard structures of your mouth in response to bacteria. As it advances, your gums pull away from your teeth and your risk of both tooth and bone loss. 

A long-term solution

Other options for replacing teeth become worn and need replacing every 5-10 years. This can be a sizeable investment over your lifetime. Dental implants are biocompatible, meaning that your body doesn’t reject them; they naturally integrate into your jawbone. This makes them the perfect long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. 

And, caring for your dental implants is literally the same as for natural teeth. Brush and floss them twice daily, and have regular dental checkups with Dr. Eric or Dr. John. It’s that simple. 

For more information, or if you are ready to discuss choosing the gold standard for replacing missing teeth, call us at The Wilhelm Dental Group in La Plata, or request an appointment online today. 

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