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Today, we’d like to introduce you to dental implants, the new benchmark of care in the dentistry profession. Whether you need one tooth or many teeth replaced, there is no teeth-replacement alternative that is as stable, strong, and natural-looking as the implant. In what follows, we hope to explain why that is.
When our Colorado Springs, CO patients seek treatment for missing or severely decayed teeth, they usually do so for aesthetic reasons. A gap in your smile can ruin a first impression and is, simply said, not pleasing to the eye. Did you know, however, that there are health complications associated with tooth loss as well?
Those who are missing one or more teeth are more likely to experience excessive food, plaque, and bacteria buildup, just by virtue of the fact that it takes more work to clean within large gaps. Inadequate dental hygiene can lead to tooth decay and periodontal infections, which in turn may result in further tooth loss. Those with gum disease are also associated with a higher risk of heart disease and other significant general health problems. A healthy mouth is of paramount importance for maintaining a healthy body.
Another health-related issue of tooth loss is jawbone deterioration. The jaw, just like your muscles, needs exercise and it typically gets the workout it needs through various daily movements, such as when you’re eating or speaking. When there is no tooth, however, that area of the jaw may not receive the stress it needs to tear and rebuild. Rather than repair and strengthen, your bone tissue may depreciate instead. If left untreated, bone loss in the jaw could change your facial appearance by giving your face a sunken look; the skin around your jaw may also begin to wrinkle, as if you were aging.
Fortunately, there is a great solution to tooth loss and extensive tooth decay: dental implants. Over the years, implants have grown to become the preferred tooth-restoration option, both between doctors and Colorado Springs, CO patients. Their benefits include:
The benefits of implants over alternatives, including dental bridges and removable dentures, are such that many Colorado Springs, CO patients who wear dentures — which have the tendency of becoming ill-fitting over time — seek our expertise to replace them with dental implants.
With dental implants you won’t have to go another day worrying about your dental health. Additionally, unlike bridges and dentures, implants can last a lifetime, as long as you take care to maintain proper dental hygiene. The procedure has a success rate of 95–98 percent no less, making the solution highly predictable and safe. Take a look at our testimonials to see how other Colorado Springs, CO patients have benefited from their new natural-looking dental implants. To learn more about how implants can benefit you, contact us to schedule your FREE, no-obligation consultation with Dr. Platt today!