We understand that when our patients lose a tooth, they feel they have lost something really important. Perhaps not a best friend, but someone really important. You may find your tongue continuing to sneak into the space left by your lost tooth. Drinks might travel into your mouth through the space unexpectedly. Tooth loss also leads to self-consciousness. You may not want to smile or speak in public because of your missing tooth. You think everyone is looking at you because you have a tooth missing. You may think you are alone, but in reality, there are a lot of people like you. One in three American adults are missing a tooth. Forty million Americans have lost all of their teeth. Did you know that if you are missing a tooth - you don't have to? We can replace your missing tooth with a dental implant. Let Zhou Dental Care tell you about dental implants.
What Are Implants?
Dental implants are made from metal and porcelain, which is the same as bridges and dentures. However, dental implants are very different from dentures and bridges. Bridges and dentures fit over your existing gumline. Dental implants don't fit over the gumline, they screw into your jawbone instead. Implants give your jaw and remaining teeth extra stability, because they come the closest to your real tooth. Implants screw into your jawbone, which makes your gums and your jawbone believe your old tooth is still in your jaw. This is very important for your long term tooth health because when your jaw believes your tooth is there, it does not take bone mass away from your jaw.
If we use other forms of restorative dentistry - such as dentures and bridges that fit over your jaw, the result isn't the same in terms of your jawbone. Your jawbone only thinks a tooth is there with a dental implant. If the jawbone loses bone mass that the body takes to use elsewhere, it could change the shape of your jaw or even your face as the years go by.
Why Do We Use Implants?
There are several reasons we love dental implants. First, implants can be used to replace one tooth, which makes it easy to replace a tooth right after you lose one. Implants can also be used to replace a few teeth or even your entire set of teeth. This means that you do not have to get a bridge or a full set of dentures, but instead, you can get implants. Also, implants look so realistic, no one may know they are not your real teeth. Our patients tell us that implants are amazing for their confidence level. They feel they can go out with friends, laugh, smile, and eat without worrying that people are looking at their missing teeth. Implants can be used by people who lost teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease, accidents, or injuries.
If you're missing one tooth - or several teeth, don't worry about how you used to look, because implants can give you a wonderful change. Give Zhou Dental Care a call at 503-282-3884 and find out for yourself how we can help. We want to talk to you about your missing teeth today. We can talk to you all about implants, and why they are great. Contact us today, and let us make you an appointment to talk to us about why implants are amazing. We know you won't be sorry that you had the chance to replace those teeth you lost.