Dental implants are metal anchors that act as substitutes for tooth roots, providing stable anchors for artificial teeth. They are surgically placed into the jawbone, a routine procedure performed by Dr. Cascante, and then small posts (called abutments) are attached to the implant. Finally the abutment is capped with a restoration, usually a natural-looking crown or denture.
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The many advantages of dental implants include:
- Improved appearance
- Improved speech
- Improved comfort
- Ability to eat what you want
- Support of remaining natural teeth
- Easy hygiene care
- Bone preservation
Among the most important reasons dental implants are preferred by Dr. Cascante over any other option is their ability to preserve bone. When a tooth is lost, the jaw bone lacks the support it needs from the missing tooth root to stay strong and healthy. Over time, this causes bone re-absorption. In other words, the bone will begin to breakdown and deteriorate. This is what leads many denture-wearers to experience a “sunken” appearance in their face, particularly in the area of their cheekbones. Missing teeth have also been linked to health complications such as heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers. Because dental implants are direct replacements for tooth roots, bone in the jaw maintains the support it needs to provide a beautiful, healthy restoration for a lifetime.
Many of our patients tell us how life-changing dental implants have been for them! If you have one or more missing teeth and are currently considering your options for tooth replacement, we encourage you to discuss dental implants with our Miami dentist. Call Advanced Center for Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry to schedule your appointment today!