With the proper oral hygiene habits, patients will reduce their risk of tooth decay, gum disease and other serious medical conditions. Unfortunately, there is no surefire way to prevent tooth loss. Facial trauma, dental caries and countless other factors can all result in an incomplete smile. When tooth loss takes place, dental implants are one of the most effective long-term treatment options for restoring the appearance and function of a patient’s smile.
The Prevalence of Tooth Loss
No matter how careful you might be, tooth loss is an oral health problem almost everyone will have to deal with at some point. Even with amazing advancements in the field of preventative dentistry, almost every adult will lose at least one permanent tooth by the time they reach the age of 65. This is because our oral health is affected by a variety of factors ranging from our genetics to our diets. Over the years, any number of external or internal issues can lead to missing teeth.
Dental Implants for Smile Restorations
Removable dentures or bridges will partially restore a smile, but many patients have complaints about these devices. This includes the need to take them out multiple times a day to clean them. Some patients also state that they are uncomfortable and tend to fall out at inopportune times. Dental implants bypass many of these disadvantages by anchoring the crowns directly into the upper and lower jaws.
Dental implants are made from medical-grade metal alloys such as titanium, and this makes them incredibly strong. Once implanted into the jaw, the patient’s body will begin undergoing a unique process known as osseointegration. During this process, the bone will form a powerful bond with the titanium rods to create a solid base for the crowns. Once the process is complete, the crowns are attached to restore the patient’s smile.
Caring for Your Dental Implants
Taking care of your dental implants requires nothing more than daily brushing, flossing and the use of mouthwash. You will also need to continue visiting our cosmetic dentist two to three times a year to ensure that the implants have settled correctly and do not need to be altered in any way.
Can Dental Implants Benefit You?
Located in Cabot, the dental practice of Dr. Samuel F. Jirik, DDS happily serves the Little Rock and surrounding areas. We encourage you to make an appointment with our cosmetic dentist to determine how dental implants can help to restore your smile. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more.