Summer is here, which means it’s time to dust off that old barbeque and start cooking up mouthwatering foods like corn on the cob, ribs and steak. Unfortunately, if you have missing teeth or dentures you might spend more time cooking for others than actually enjoying your favorite summertime foods. Thankfully, you can rectify the problem and eat whatever you want if you get dental implants.
The Dental Implant Difference
You’re probably wondering why implant placement is a better solution for tooth loss than dentures or bridges. To answer this question, here’s a quick overview of how dental implants work and the benefits they offer.
A dental implant is generally made of three separate parts: the crown (prosthesis), the abutment and the fixture (implant post). The implant post is typically composed of titanium and is surgically placed in the jawbone. Then, the area is given time to heal before the post is surgically uncovered and an abutment is attached to it. The abutment is the piece that the crown is eventually attached to. Implants offer the following benefits:
- Natural appearance
- Improved function
- Long-term reliability
- Great value
- Bone support
Other tooth replacements offer some of the same benefits, but they can’t compare to implants in terms of long-term reliability, bone support and improved function. Implants can potentially last 15 years or longer, depending on if they’re placed by a skilled dentist and if they’re cared for properly. Implant placement is the only tooth replacement option currently available that stimulates the jaw bone and prevents it from losing mass after tooth loss. Perhaps most importantly, implants can fully restore dental function so you can eat all the summertime food your heart desires.
Dr. Douglas Genninger is a skilled general dentist in Tampa, FL who has successfully placed many dental implants over the years. To schedule your consultation and find out if you meet the qualifications for implant placement, call our practice today.Talk to US About an Appointment