Traditionally, if you had missing teeth or teeth in such poor condition that needed to be removed, the most popular treatment was partial dentures or bridges. However, more and more people are considering replacing missing teeth with dental implants due to the advancements in dental technology and affordability. Fortunately, dental implant treatments offered by the experts at Langley Dental Centre in Langley, BC can provide you with a permanent solution to missing teeth restoring your oral health while simultaneously providing you with a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
The Basics of Dental Implants
Dental implants are permanent replacements for missing teeth. As the procedure is invasive, our Langley dentists ensure that patients are healthy enough to undergo dental implant surgery. Candidates for dental implants should have healthy gums and adequate bone support in order to hold the implant.
The dental implant procedure involves two stages. In the first stage, surgery is performed to place the titanium implant in the jawbone. After the jawbone has grown and merged with the implant, the abutment is attached to the implant – during this stage, the dental crown is also attached to the abutment.
Two Types of Dental Implants
There are two types of dental implants that can be used – endosteal and subperiosteal. The endosteal implant is the most common and is also used when you may choose to install removable dentures and bridges. The subperiosteal implants are only used when a patient has minimal bone height so the implant can be placed on top of the jawbone, directly under the gums.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have a number of very important benefits that are related to your oral/physical health as well as your quality of life. Here are five of the most important benefits:
Prevention of Bone Loss
When you remove a tooth, one of the most undesirable results is bone atrophy or bone loss. This occurs because the tooth root stimulates the bone to prevent atrophy. Fortunately, the dental implant acts as a root and prevents bone loss. Consequently, bone mass is maintained which continues to provide strength to the area from which your natural tooth was removed.
Function Like Natural Teeth
Dental implants function and look like natural teeth. Because they have a stable base, there is no fear of movement so you can enjoy a regular diet. What’s more, if you need to replace teeth in the front of your mouth, you will not have to worry about speech clarity.
Our Langley dentists will cover your dental implants with natural-looking tooth crowns that will be a perfect match to your natural teeth. Because of their natural appearance and functionality, most people feel much more confident when eating, speaking, or smiling since there is no need to worry about them moving or sliding.
Having dental implants, also means that you can treat them like your natural teeth. You can brush and floss them just like you do your natural teeth. In fact, with your implants, you don’t need to worry about cavities as you would with your natural teeth.
Can Last a Life-Time
Your dental implants can last a lifetime if they are installed by our experienced Langley dentists and if you take proper care of them. Moreover, since they are made from medical-grade titanium, dental implants are a safe solution for your body – there is no fear of your implants being rejected nor of them damaging your gum and bone tissue.
If you would like to restore your beautiful smile and have worry-free naturally functioning teeth, then you should consult with our Langley dental implant specialists. During your consultation, you will have a complete oral examination to determine if dental implants are right for you. Our dentists will also explain the dental implant procedure to you and what you can expect in terms of aftercare. Call us at 605-455-6247 or contact us online and schedule your consultation today!