Dentures have been a staple in reconstructive dentistry for years. In fact, some pretty impressive people have been denture wearers: Prime Minister Winston Churchill, actress Florence Henderson, actor Clark Gable, former Vice President Joe Biden, and first President of the United States George Washington (whose dentures were not made of wood, but ivory). Thing of it is, while dentures work for some, other denture wearers have a number of complaints, including gagging, discomfort, speech impediments, and having to eat soft foods. The good news is that dentistry has come a long way since Washington crossed the Delaware, and the team at Magnolia Dental Care thinks there is a much better option when it comes to replacing your teeth: dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Simply stated, implants are small metal posts that are threaded like screws. These posts are surgically implanted below the gumline, where they fuse with the jawbone. Once the mouth has healed, these permanent posts are used to attach prosthetic teeth. These teeth are stable, natural-looking, and function just like the teeth you were born with. They also offer the following benefits:
- They allow you to eat what you want. Popcorn and peanuts at a Mariners game? No problem! A crispy yellow delicious apple? You’ve got it. Because they do not move, implants can handle any food you throw their way.
- They are individually placed. Unlike dentures, implants can be used for a single missing tooth. This also means that you won’t need to have other teeth extracted to accommodate your implant.
- They are easy to care for. No overnight soaking required; simply brush after every meal, floss every day, and visit your dentist as recommended.
- They do not cause speech problems. This is another perk of being individually placed, as there is actually space on either side of your prosthetic tooth, which allows air and saliva to flow naturally, making your speech clear.
- They can improve your quality of life. When you can eat healthy foods, chew properly, speak clearly, and smile without worry, you’re more likely to do what you love with the people who matter. Most of all, you’ll feel great about how you look!
Are They for You?
Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. Those with insufficient jaw bone mass, untreated gum disease, or poor health may need other treatments before committing to implants. Fortunately, we can help with these, as well. If you live in Seattle, Capitol Hill, Ballard, or other nearby communities and would like to learn if you’re a candidate for the best tooth replacement option dentistry has to offer, contact our office to schedule an appointment.