Struggling with tooth loss? Dental implants could be your key to a brand new smile! Here at our dental office in Columbia, SC, your dentist, Dr. Joel Johnson, can determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants based on a few different factors—read on to learn if this treatment is right for you!
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small metal posts that anchor artificial teeth in place similarly to how roots secure natural teeth to the jawbone. Implants are placed below the gum line and are not visible once replacement teeth are placed on top. Depending on how many teeth are being replaced at once, dental implants can be topped with dental crowns, bridgework, or even implant-supported overdentures.
To be a candidate for dental implants, a patient must have sufficient bone in the jaw area. Here at our dental practice in Columbia, SC, our dentist can determine if you have enough bone to support a dental implant during a consultation.
How Dental Implants Help
There are several ways that dental implants can help your smile, with one of the most exciting being how they fill in the gaps left behind by missing teeth. In addition to helping rebuild your smile, dental implants can also help you appear younger by restoring the natural shape of your face. There is less support for facial muscles when teeth are missing, which can result in drooping or sagging of the cheeks. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants provides support for facial muscles, thus reducing facial change.
Another benefit to this treatment is how implants reduce strain on existing teeth that were previously compensating for missing ones. When missing teeth are replaced, biting and chewing functions can be redistributed across a full set of teeth, making it so that the stress isn't centralized on certain parts of your smile. Dental implants can also restore speech, as your tongue will no longer slip in the gaps when speaking.
Interested in Treatment? Give Us a Call
If you have gaps in your smile due to missing teeth, dental implants can help you rebuild your smile. To learn if you are a candidate for dental implants, schedule an appointment with Dr. Johnson by contacting his Columbia, SC, office at (803) 788-2555.