Missing teeth pose much more than an aesthetic problem. The health of your jaw, gums, and other teeth can be compromised if a missing tooth is not replaced. Not only do you lose a degree of chewing ability every time you lose a tooth, but you face gradual bone loss at the site of your missing tooth, which can eventually lead to the loss of other teeth and changes in your facial structure. Meanwhile, your remaining teeth will crowd or shift, and your bite can become severely misaligned.
Dental implants are the most reliable and effective method of tooth replacement available today. With a success rate close to 98%, dental implants can restore both the look and function of your smile, enabling you to eat, chew, and speak naturally again. Your replacement tooth is tinted to match the precise color of your surrounding teeth, helping it to blend with the rest of your smile. Since the implant root is fused directly to your jaw bone, it will prevent further bone loss, protecting the health of your teeth in the future.
Best of all, oral hygiene is simplified: dental implants can be cared for in the same way as your natural teeth. Good brushing and flossing habits – along with regular dental check-ups – can help them last for decades to come. You will not need to contend with the cumbersome care required by dentures, or the special cleaning methods needed for dental bridges.
To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, please contact our experienced Glendale restorative dentistry team today to schedule a consultation with Phoenix dentist Dr. Wilcox. Desert Smiles serves patients throughout the Phoenix, Arizona area.