Top Reasons to Choose Dental Implants

No one should be without a beautiful complete smile. At the dental office of Dr. Christian Johnson, we help the communities of Waldorf, Brandywine, La Plata, and the surrounding areas maintain radiant smiles with tooth replacement options and dental care that’s second to none.  
Dental implants are a marvel in tooth replacement technology, using a unique system that anchors a new, natural looking tooth in the open space from your missing tooth. The implant itself is simply a durable, metal post that is inserted into the bone of your jaw, eventually fusing and becoming the perfect base for a carefully crafted dental crown that looks like your real tooth.  Multiple implants can also be used to replace multiple teeth, making dental implants a very versatile tooth-replacement option. 
Whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth or all your teeth, dental implants are preferred by dentists and patients alike. That's because dental implants are:

1. A Natural, Radiant Smile Solution

Dental implants are designed to look and feel like a natural tooth. Just like your natural teeth, the implant forms a solid attachment with the bone in your jaw over the course of several months. This is possible because dental implants are made of titanium, which has the unique ability to fuse to living bone. Since the implant is anchored to the bone like the rest of your teeth, the implant tooth will feel completely natural as you talk and chew. It will also be visually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Implant teeth allow you to eat, speak and smile with complete confidence because they will never slip or shift like removable dentures often do.

2. Long Lasting Tooth Replacements

While there are many treatment options for tooth replacement, dental implants provide a truly reliable, permanent solution for restoring a smile to a better state. Implants are designed to last a lifetime, being made from high quality titanium that is durable and resistant to wear. While removable dentures and bridgework may need to be replaced over time, properly cared-for dental implants will never need to be replaced. Also, implants are the only tooth replacement option that actually fuse to your existing bone in your jaw, essentially making the implant an extension of your body. 

3. Preventative of Bone Loss

Since your teeth are anchored into the jaw bone, losing a tooth means that the jawbone where that tooth used to be is left with nothing to support. When that happens, the bone in that area begins to resorb and melt away, causing changes in your facial structure as well. (View ExampleWith bone loss caused by a missing tooth, your jaw becomes more vulnerable to fractures and can even cause your face to look prematurely aged. However, when a dental implant fuses to the jawbone in place of the missing tooth, the supporting bone will continue to rebuild itself and stay healthy, which won’t happen with any other tooth replacement method.

4. Safe For Your Natural Teeth

Dental implants have no effect on the health of adjacent natural teeth; other tooth-replacement systems, however, can weaken adjacent teeth. For treatments such as dental bridges, the natural teeth on either side of a gap left by a missing tooth are used to provide support for the bridge. This can stress those adjacent teeth and leave them more susceptible to decay, even if they were perfectly healthy teeth to start with. Likewise, a partial denture relies on adjacent natural teeth for support, putting strain on the teeth and potentially causing them to loosen over time. Dental implants are stand-alone tooth replacements that don't rely on support from adjacent natural teeth, with the metal implant being inserted directly into your jawbone for support.

5. Easy to Care For

When you get an implant, your oral hygiene routine doesn’t need to be overhauled to accommodate the new tooth. Simply brushing, flossing, and rinsing regularly will keep both your implant and your natural teeth protected from decay and looking perfect. Other treatment options such as dentures or removable bridges require special creams and adhesives, or soaking them in a glass overnight, leaving you with a missing tooth or more for a little while. Implants also never need a filling or a root canal, as the natural teeth supporting bridgework might. 
While implants can never decay, they can be compromised by gum disease. If you maintain your thorough dental hygiene routine, and go to your local dental office for professional cleanings and exams, your implant will last a lifetime.

Contact Us To Visit Waldorf’s Dr. Johnson & Restore Your Smile!

If you want to do something about the open gap in your smile and have a complete set of pearly whites once again, contact us at the office of Dr. Christian Johnson DMD. We’re the experts when it comes to keeping smiles healthy and radiant, which is why we proudly work with so many families from Waldorf, Brandywine, La Plata, and the surrounding areas. We look forward to helping you restore your smile!

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