Do you feel self-assured when you smile, or are you missing teeth that prevent you from freely expressing your happiness? Since most people with missing teeth feel self-conscious about showing off empty spaces when they smile, it’s not surprising that 3 million people in the United States have chosen dental implants to improve their smiles.
At Couture Smiles Dental Group in Woodland Hills, California, restoring smiles is our specialty. Nicole Sazgar, DDS is an expert in cosmetic dentistry. She helps men and women feel good about their smiles again, and just as importantly, she helps improve oral health.
If you have missing teeth, here’s why you should consider dental implants.
Dental implants improve your self-confidence and more
Your biggest motivation for replacing missing teeth with custom dental implants might be purely aesthetic. But dental implants do so much more for oral form and function. Dental implants are the only dental restoration that preserves natural bone in your jaw.
This is because a dental implant consists of a root and a tooth, just like your natural teeth. One of the biggest differences between your natural tooth and a dental implant is that the “root” of the implant is a strong, medical grade titanium screw. Your jawbone grows around the screw, fusing to it, which helps preserve bone tissue and prevent future bone loss.
The visible tooth-like part of the implant is called the crown. It not only looks just like your natural teeth in size, shape, and color, since it’s custom-made for your mouth, but it also functions just like your natural teeth. Dental implants allow you to eat and talk easily, and replacing one or more missing teeth helps maintain your proper facial structure.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth
A dental implant is essentially an investment in the future of your oral health. Choosing to replace missing teeth with a permanent fixture rather than removable restorations, such as dentures and bridges, provides a lifetime solution to the problem. Since you take care of implants as you would your natural teeth, as long as you maintain good oral hygiene, your implants will last for many years.
Getting an implant now may help you avoid more complicated dental diseases, surgeries, and reconstructions in the future.
Dental implants are impervious to tooth decay
As an added bonus to your new and improved smile, when you choose dental implants, you’re getting “cavity insurance” for those particular teeth. Your new artificial tooth isn’t susceptible to tooth decay and cavities like your natural teeth. So, as long as you take good care of all your teeth, brushing and flossing as Dr. Sazgar recommends, you’ll be free from cavities and gum disease, too.
Dental implants allow you to eat all your favorite foods
Removable dental restorations often make it difficult to eat your favorite foods for worry of causing damage to a bridge or making your dentures slip out of place. Dental implants are sturdy like your natural teeth. They’re attached at the root, rather than on the surface, so you can bite into an apple or crunch on tortilla chips without fear.
Of course, even with implants, you want to avoid eating sticky caramels and hard candies — and all the other things that aren’t good for your natural teeth — so sugar and bacteria don’t collect along your gum line.
Dental implants are aesthetically pleasing
Along with her technical expertise for fitting dental implants perfectly between your natural teeth, Dr. Sazgar creates your implants with an artistic eye so they blend naturally with the surrounding teeth. Once your implants are in place, nobody will know the difference between your living teeth and your artificial teeth.
Even if it’s aesthetics that motivates you to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, you’ll benefit from all of these other advantages too. That’s certainly something to smile about.
If you’ve been putting off restoring your smile, consider dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth. Call our office or click the button to request an appointment online.