If you are considering traditional dentures to accommodate missing teeth but are put off by the maintenance dentures require and the trouble they may cause you when eating certain foods, you may want to look more closely at dental implants. Dental implants are permanent prosthetic teeth that are surgically rooted in the jaw. They look and feel natural, and unlike removable dentures, there are virtually no foods to avoid.  

Benefits of Dental Implants for Missing Teeth   

 ·         Provide structural stability to adjacent teeth, preventing additional tooth loss
 ·         Prevent bone loss in the area of absent teeth
 ·         Prevent difficulty speaking associated with missing teeth
 ·         Require no adhesives
 ·         Appear natural  

Every one of the benefits listed here provides a distinct advantage over traditional dentures. Implants consist of a titanium stud that is permanently joined to the jaw bone. A prosthetic crown is then mounted on the stud, creating a strong, artificial root-tooth complex that mimics the way a natural tooth fits in the jaw. Lost teeth cause the bone in the local area to atrophy and finally be reabsorbed into the body, a process that implants can prevent. This means the chain of undesirable effects that occur as a result of losing a tooth may be slowed or stopped entirely. Finally, while traditional dentures rarely appear natural, dental implants can be shaped to blend with your remaining teeth for a seamless, natural look.  

Requirements for Dental Implants   

There are a few requirements you must meet to be a candidate for dental implants. These include:  

 ·         A healthy jaw which may, in some cases, require bone grafting
 ·         A commitment to following through with the procedure, which is typically performed incrementally over several months depending on the extent and number of implants  

Dental implants look, feel and perform better than traditional dentures in practically every way. Call Dr. Frederick Thurston today at (863) 852-1227 to schedule a consultation.