Dental implants might be right for you if you would like to permanently replace missing teeth. Dental implants are placed in the jawbone beneath the gum line and function similarly to the roots of teeth. Above the gum line, artificial teeth referred to as dental crowns are placed on top of dental implants. The dental implants hold dental crowns in place securely, much like roots anchor natural teeth in place. At Erickson Dental Care, Dr. Sten Erickson, Dr. Mart Erickson, and Dr. Rachel Erickson are your Grants Pass, OR, dentists for dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are hypoallergenic metal screws or posts that are drilled into the jawbone through a minor surgical procedure. Once in place, dental implants begin fusing with the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. This is a natural process that allows dental implants to become permanently fused with the jawbone. This helps the dental implants firmly anchor artificial teeth in place. Dental implants can be used in conjunction with dental crowns, implant-supported overdentures, or bridgework to replace missing teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide multiple benefits when used for anchoring artificial teeth in place. Not only can dental implants be used to replace missing teeth, but they also fill in the gaps in your smile. Further, by filling in the gaps, dental implants improve speech, which can be altered when teeth are missing. Dental implants also provide support for facial muscles, which can sag when teeth are missing. When the facial muscles are properly supported, the natural contours and shape of the face are restored.
Another benefit of dental implants is that they eliminate excess wear and tear on the teeth surrounding the gaps in your smile. When teeth are missing, the surrounding teeth must take on the additional work of biting and chewing that would have been previously performed by the missing teeth. The extra work puts added strain on the remaining teeth, which can cause them to wear down more quickly than normal. Filling in the gaps with dental implants redistributes the workload of biting and chewing food.
Other benefits of dental implants include being permanent, durable, and long lasting. They will not fall out or come loose and should last for years with proper care. Your Grants Pass, OR, dentist can help you determine if dental implants are the right option for you.
A dentist can help you decide if dental implants are right for you. To learn more about how dental implants can help you, schedule an appointment with Drs. Sten, Mart, or Rachel Erickson, your dentists in Grants Pass, OR, by calling Erickson Dental Care at (541) 476-3419.