If you and the family head down to Tampa Bay to catch a major league baseball game this summer, you could find yourself up on the big screen. Would you be able to smile and wave? If you are missing multiple teeth, the answer is probably “no”. Having noticeable gaps in your smile can make going out with friends or interacting in public spaces stressful or embarrassing. Fortunately, even if you are missing multiple teeth, dental implants in Lutz can help restore both your smile and your confidence. Keep reading to learn more about dental implant treatments that will have you smiling widely this summer – even on the jumbotron!
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is placed into the jawbone beneath the gums to provide support for an artificial tooth. Through a natural process called “osseointegration”, the implant fuses with the bone over time. By mimicking the natural tooth root structure of teeth, dental implants provide nearly the same chewing power as natural teeth.
Dental implants are often used to replace a single missing tooth. However, implant-supported bridges and dentures can help rebuild smiles that are missing several or even many teeth.
Eliminate Large Gaps with Implant-Supported Bridges
If you feel embarrassed because you are missing several teeth in a row and as a result have a large, noticeable gap in your smile, implant-supported bridges can help.
Conventional bridges attach to adjacent natural teeth to remain in place in your mouth. In contrast, a bridge that is placed on top of implants – usually one implant per missing tooth – offers superior support.
Moreover, implant-supported bridges reduce the amount of pressure on an individual artificial tooth from biting or clenching teeth by spreading it across the entire bridge.
The Benefits of Implanted-Supported Dentures
Regular dentures rely on natural suction to stay in place on top of the gums. This can sometimes lead to slippage when eating or even just when speaking to others.
You never have to worry about slippage with implant-supported dentures! Instead, full or partial dentures with special attachments are securely affixed to implants in the gums.
Implanted-supported dentures can still be easily removed to clean or at night to help you rest more comfortably.
Which Treatment is Best for Me?
In general, a good candidate for dental implants or implant-based treatment must have:
- Healthy gums
- Strong and thick jawbone
- Excellent oral hygiene habits
Which dental implant treatment is the best choice for you will depend in part on your unique dental circumstances and personal preferences. Any final decision should be made in consultation with a dental professional.
Don’t let missing teeth lead to you missing baseball season! Talk with a dentist in Lutz today to learn more about how to restore your smile and your confidence with dental implants.
About the Author
For over 30 years, Dr. Jay Nelson has provided outstanding oral care to families in Lutz, New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Land O’Lakes and surrounding communities. Recognized as an expert in his field, Dr. Nelson has even appeared on local news programs to discuss advances in modern dentistry. Patients interested in learning more about dental implants can visit Dr. Nelson’s website or call 813-949-0424.