Whether it's from injury, tooth decay or gingivitis, by age 44 69% of adults have lost at least one permanent tooth. The odds of tooth loss continue to increase as you get older.
For years, the only treatment options available were bridges and dentures. Today, Cheyenne OMS leverages the latest technology to provide a more attractive and comfortable option called dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are replacement roots for missing teeth. They provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
There are many advantages to dental implants, including:
They look better. Dental implants look and feel like real teeth. Because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
Improved speech. Poor-fitting dentures slip within the mouth causing wearers to mumble and slur their words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
Easier eating. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
Improved oral health. Dental implants don't require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
Durability. Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
Convenience. Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.
Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?
If you are interested in dental implants, schedule an initial consultation with us at Cheyenne Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Generally speaking, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders -- such as diabetes or heart disease -- or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis.