Missing teeth impact your smile in nearly every way. Just one lost tooth can negatively affect how you chew your food, how you say certain speech sounds, and perhaps most importantly, how you feel about your smile. With dental implants at the dental practice of Dr. Paul Burns, DDS, patients in the El Dorado, AR area can regain their confidence in their smile while restoring their oral health.
How implants work
Among the different types of tooth replacements available in modern dentistry, dental implant restorations most closely match a natural tooth’s structure and function. This is because the implant works like a tooth root, securely holding your replacement tooth in place. After an implant is surgically placed into the jaw, it begins to heal and at the same time fuses into one unit with your jaw bone, providing a strong and stable foundation for your new tooth. Depending on the location in your mouth where tooth loss has occurred and how many teeth need to be replaced, dental implants can be topped with natural-looking dental crowns, a dental bridge, or even a full denture.
Benefits of dental implants
Dentists and patients alike love dental implants for their many benefits. Beyond just replacing a missing tooth, dental implants:
- Promote better oral health: When you lose a tooth, your jaw bone naturally deteriorates in that area; dental implants place sufficient force on the bone to prevent this process from occurring
- Prevent other teeth from shifting: Teeth naturally tend to shift into any gaps in your mouth left by missing teeth, which can disrupt your bite and create uneven wear and tear on your teeth; dental implants fill this gap and keep your teeth in their optimal position
- Do not require alteration of neighboring teeth: Some types of dental restorations require the alteration of healthy tooth structure on neighboring teeth, but dental implants are a true one-tooth-solution
- Are versatile: There are multiple types of implants, such as traditional or mini implants, as well as different types of restorations (such as crowns, dental bridges, or dentures) that can be used to restore your lost teeth, making implants a highly versatile tooth replacement solution
Learn whether dental implants are right for you
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and whether they are right for you, call the dental practice of Dr. Paul Burns, DDS to schedule your personalized consultation today! Our office serves patients in the El Dorado, Union County, Magnolia, Camden, and neighboring communities and can be reached at (870) 686-4232.