If you’re looking to replace missing teeth, dental implants offer a number of advantages over traditional forms of restorative dentistry.
As one of The Woodlands most experienced periodontal experts, Dr. Kip Saunders has seen first-hand what dental implants do for our patients throughout the greater Conroe area.
Here are just some of the reasons why today’s dental implants offer a significantly better alternative to conventional tooth replacements:
Replace Multiple Teeth at One Time
Dental implants are extremely durable. In fact, they’re stronger than natural teeth. This characteristic means that Dr. Saunders can use them in pairs or sets to anchor longer restorations such as bridges or hybrid dentures.
TeethXpress is one example. Using as few as four implants, we can support a multi-tooth extended bridge (hybrid denture) to span the width of your entire smile. The implants’ integrity keeps the longer prosthesis stable enough that it can remain permanently affixed in place.
Enhance Your Facial Profile
One of the biggest factors of tooth loss is how the area tends to “shrink” around it. When a tooth falls out or is extracted, the bone in that specific location begins to resorb. As a result, your facial profile starts to change as well. From the outside, your lips, cheeks, and chin will start to look sunken in.
Since dental implants support natural bone height and health, you’ll have added volume for your facial tissues. The aged appearance that often accompanies tooth loss is delayed, thanks to the support of the implants underneath.
Implants Mimic Natural Teeth
No other type of tooth replacement is shaped in a way that mimics natural teeth and is non-invasive to the ones around it. Implants are healthier for your mouth because of it.
Implants themselves are essentially an artificial tooth root. They’re made from the same biocompatible and hypoallergenic materials that surgeons frequently use in joint replacement.
When placed next to natural teeth, your dental implants will help to retain natural tooth spacing and bite alignment. They also add extra support to reduce your risk of bone loss and tooth mobility in neighboring teeth.
Compared to conventional bridges that require physically altering the structure of your healthy tooth enamel, dental implants are the most holistic option for permanent tooth replacement.
They’re Made to Last for Life
Dental implants have the highest success rate of any modern dental procedure. Because of the way implants fuse (integrate) with your bone, they’re nearly always expected to last for life. The key is to care for them each day as if they were natural teeth.
Although an anchored restoration on top of your implants can wear out over time, the implant itself should remain structurally sound for decades to come.
Are Implants Right for You?
Schedule a consultation with our periodontist in The Woodlands and dental implants in the Woodlands expert, Dr. Kip Saunders. Our practice has proudly served patients throughout the greater Conroe and The Woodlands areas since 1984.
Feeling anxious? We offer in-house sedation dentistry during all implant surgeries. Call today for more information.