Restoring your lost teeth can have many benefits, the most obvious being cosmetic. Filling the empty spaces in your smile will give you back your confidence and restore your self-esteem. Missing teeth can result in sunken areas around your mouth, making you appear older than you truly are. When you restore those missing teeth, you can take years off your appearance. If you have a full set of teeth, you can eat and speak more effectively.
One of the most popular forms of tooth restoration is the use of dental implants. Implants are made to look and function just like your natural teeth. They can be crafted to blend in with the rest of your smile. They are attached to titanium posts that have been placed directly into your jawbone. After the posts have been placed, your jawbone will grow around them, keeping your implants in place and strengthening your jaw in the process. Because the implants are permanent, your other teeth will not be able to move out of alignment over time. Filling in the empty spaces in your gums will give plaque and bacteria fewer places to accumulate.
Before you get implants, you need to have a conversation with your dentist about your oral health and your health in general. Your gums need to be healthy, and you need to have enough bone in your jaw to support the implants. Your dentist will need to know what medications you are taking, and will need to know your medical history; since there are some medical conditions and medications that could mean implants are not a good choice for you. Your dentist will also need to know if you use tobacco, or drugs.
One of the most important factors in implant success is your commitment to your healthcare. If you cannot commit to your follow-up appointments, proper aftercare following your surgeries, and a regimen of brushing and flossing, your dentist may suggest another course of treatment.
If you are interested in dental implants, you should see our dentist, Dr. Barry LeJeune for a discussion about your options. If you would like to make an appointment at LeJeune Family Dentistry in Hampton, Virginia, call (757) 827-9114.