Dental Implants Could Be Just What You Need To Fix Your Smile!

Dental implants can fix your smile

Dental implants can fill the gap and improve your smile.

If you have experienced tooth loss from either an injury, tooth decay, or periodontal disease, you may feel self conscious about smiling. The team at Valley Dental Clinic, located in Wasilla, Alaska, can improve your smile with the help of cosmetic and restorative dental procedures, like dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically implanted into the jaw bone. The implants act as a substitute for the root of the tooth, forming a strong foundation for an abutment and prosthetic tooth. Implants are unique because your jaw bone actually fuses around them, which is what makes them the closest thing to your own, natural tooth. After the site of your implant has healed, your dentist will place a custom crown or bridge that looks just like your natural tooth, completing your smile.

Do dentists recommend dental implants?

Many dentists, like Dr. Robinson and Dr. Lyerly of Valley Dental Clinic, recommend dental implants because of their durability. Dental implants last longer than traditional dentures because dental implants are implanted into the jaw bone instead of just sitting on top of the gums. After the implants are placed and your bone tissue fuses onto the implants, they are stronger and more permanent than dentures—meaning they will last a lifetime.

Another reason dentists recommend dental implants over dentures is because implants can help keep your natural teeth in place. If you only have one or two teeth that have been lost due to an injury or tooth decay, installing a dental implant in the empty tooth space can help keep your adjacent natural teeth from shifting. Since a dental implant is a permanent fixture and custom molded just for your mouth, the tooth will fit precisely into the empty space. Shifting teeth can weaken the gums and jaw bone, so the implant, which acts as a tooth root, will help keep your natural teeth in place.

Improve your smile.

For people who experience tooth loss, a dental implant can help improve their smile. Tooth loss can make some people self-conscious, and they may feel like their missing tooth is an eyesore in photographs. Once the missing tooth is replaced with an implant, many people report having higher self esteem and a boost in confidence. Dental implants can get you back to smiling again!

Dental implants can help with gum disease.

Gum disease is caused by plaque and bacteria buildup around the gums, which can lead to tooth loss in adults, as well as other major health problems. Unfortunately, gum disease is fairly common in adults.

Since gum disease can weaken the gums if you aren’t practicing proper oral hygiene habits, you need to make sure you don’t have any signs of weakening gums before you get a dental implant. But if your gums are healthy, a dental implant will help strengthen the spot where tooth loss has occurred because the dental implant acts just like a tooth’s root.

Lasting Results

Dentists recommend dental implants because they can last a lifetime. With proper oral health habits, like brushing and flossing at least twice daily, and making regular visits to Valley Dental Clinic, your dental implants can last a lifetime. As long as you take proper care of your dental implants and natural teeth, you can save time (and money) by not having to replace traditional dentures that may have worn out over the years due to daily use and wear and tear.

Visit Valley Dental Clinic for a consultation.

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants or reconstructive dentistry to help with tooth loss or to fix your smile, visit Dr. Robinson, Dr. Lyerly, and the entire team at Valley Dental Clinic. Dr. Robinson or Dr. Lyerly will perform a dental evaluation, which may include X-rays and a dental cleaning, and together, you can create a plan of action to correct your smile. 
Reach out to Valley Dental Clinic today to schedule an appointment to talk about solutions for tooth loss, a smile reconstruction, or implants, and get back to showing off your dazzling smile once again.