Dental Implants Restore Health, Function, and Appearance
Patients who are missing teeth often become embarrassed or self-conscious about their appearance. In addition to detracting from your smile, though, tooth loss can have a negative impact on your oral health and function. Dental implants are one of the most popular and longest-lasting teeth replacement solutions.
Dr. Thomas W. Hodge places and restores implants for personalized, streamlined treatment. Patients who are considering dental implants can schedule a complimentary consultation at our Batesville, MS, practice.
About Dental Implants
An implant is an artificial tooth root made of medical-grade titanium that is threaded into the jaw. When you lose a tooth, an implant can be surgically inserted into the jawbone to replace the missing root. Once the implant heals and fuses with the surrounding bone, it can be restored with a dental crown, bridge, or other restoration.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Implants offer a wide range of advantages. Some of the most notable ones include:
- Improved appearance: Implants are designed to look and feel like your natural teeth. With the advanced materials used for restorations, your artificial tooth can be virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your smile.
- Durability: Implants are strong and resilient. In fact, with proper care and maintenance, they can last a lifetime. In comparison, traditionally-placed dental bridges typically last between five and 15 years on average.
- Better oral health: No other restoration restores the root of a missing tooth. Because implants stimulate nerves in the jawbone in the same way that your natural teeth do, they help preserve existing bone and prevent future bone degradation.