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When To Consider Dental Implants

Improving your smile is a priority if you lost one or more teeth. Your Newport News, VA, dentist, Dr. Mark Artzer, can help you decide if dental implants are the best option to restore your lost teeth.

Could dental implants help your smile?

Dental implants may be an excellent option if:

  • You want a long-lasting tooth restoration option: Dentures and bridges need to be replaced approximately every 10 to 15 years but not dental implants. Implants become a permanent part of your jaw and rarely need to be replaced if you take good care of them. Tiny titanium posts known as implants are added to your jawbone during minor oral surgery. The posts soon bond to your jawbone and serve as replacement roots for your new teeth. Crowns, dental restorations that restore the tops of missing teeth, are connected to implants to complete the restoration of your teeth.
  • You don't like your gap-toothed smile: Losing one or more teeth can dramatically change your appearance. If you're feeling self-conscious about missing teeth, dental implants will improve your appearance. The crowns that replace the visible parts of your teeth are made from an impression of your mouth taken at the Newport News, VA, dental office. Impressions only take a few minutes and help ensure that your new teeth will look picture perfect.
  • You don't want to give up your favorite foods: You need strong roots to thoroughly chew steak, chicken, or raw vegetables or enjoy an ear of corn at a summer picnic. Unfortunately, you may need to give up certain foods if your restoration only replaces the crowns of your teeth. Food restrictions aren't necessary when you opt for dental implants. Thanks to your new roots, you can eat practically anything you want.
  • You want to keep your jaw strong: Jawbone resorption, a problem that can occur after tooth loss, can change your appearance and lead to future tooth loss. Resorption happens when your jawbone shrinks due to decreased stimulation from your tooth roots. As the bone shrinks, it can no longer support your facial muscles, which can lead to sagging and wrinkles. Luckily, your implants take over for your lost roots and provide the stimulation your jawbone needs to stay strong.

Are you ready to find out if dental implants are a good choice for you? Make an appointment with your dentist in Newport News, VA, Dr. Artzer, by calling (757) 595-8405.

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