- November 26, 2016
August in the greater Philadelphia area provides tons of activities that will make you smile, from the acclaimed BlackStar Film Festival and the Pennsylvania Dutch Festival, to the Montgomery County Fair and the Peach Festival in Robbinsville.
Mixed in with these popular events is a lesser known observance, but it’s one that we here at the Lanap and Implant Center of Pennsylvania are excited about: August is Dental Implant Month.
That makes it a great time of year for you to learn about the benefits of dental implants and how they can give you even more reasons to smile.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jawbone. Once the fixture integrates itself into the bone, we can attach an abutment to it, which holds a crown. The finished product is a restoration that looks, feels and functions the same as your natural teeth.
Dental implants also can be used to secure a bridge or a denture in place.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Preservation of jawbone – Natural teeth are embedded in the jawbone, and the movements associated with chewing and biting continually stimulate the bone. Once a natural tooth is lost or extracted, a signal is sent to your jawbone that its job is done, and it begins to deteriorate. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that continues to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.
Cavity-free restorations – Missing teeth that are replaced with dental implants cannot get cavities. Even though you must continue to brush, floss and care for your dental implants, the crown placed on your implant will not decay. It’s also important to maintain your regular dental checkups and professional dental cleanings.
A long-lasting solution to missing teeth – Dental implants may require occasional adjustments, but they can last a lifetime when they are properly placed by an experienced periodontist. By comparison, dental bridges tend to last 10 years or so, before they eventually must be replaced.
Preservation of face shape – Your teeth support your lips and cheeks. Missing teeth that aren’t replaced can cause an aged, sunken appearance. Dental implants enable you to retain your face’s natural shape, and preserve your smile.
Eat, speak and smile with confidence – You can eat all of the foods you like when you have dental implants. That includes corn on the cob at the County Fair, or biting into a juicy peach at the Peach Festival, all without fear of your restoration slipping or falling out. Denture wearers often have a break-in period where they have difficulty pronouncing certain words until they grow accustomed to their new appliances. This isn’t an issue when you have dental implants.
Has the loss of some or all of your teeth caused you to lose confidence? Are you embarrassed to smile broadly, or do you cover your mouth with your hand when you smile or laugh?
Let us show you how dental implants can restore your smile and your quality of life. Call us to schedule a consultation to learn more about how dental implants can improve your oral health and your outlook on life.