One of the many services Dr. Bruce Silva specializes in is Implant Dentistry. And in the summer months, he is sure to see quite a few clients about implants due to unsafe outdoor activities and poor dental health care. What exactly are dental implants and Implant Dentistry?
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots, which provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth. Dental implants can improve your appearance because they look and feel like natural teeth. They can also improve your speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip and thereby can restore lost confidence. They also increase your comfort and chewing efficiency because they become part of you, eliminating the discomfort of removable dentures.
Tooth loss is due to tooth decay, gum disease, or dental avulsion so if you practice poor dental health habits, you’re bound to experience tooth loss in your adulthood multiple times. Tooth loss is entirely preventable. Not brushing and flossing allows plaque to build up and in between your teeth, which results in cavities. If your tooth is loose and shifty, that is a definite sign that you could soon lose a tooth.
Here are some additional signs of tooth loss due to tooth decay or gum disease:
- Tender, swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Pockets forming between your teeth and gums
- If there are changes to the way your teeth fit together when chewing
It is very easy to prevent tooth loss so long as you are practicing proper oral hygiene habits. However, if you are in need of dental implants, Dr. Silva is confident that your dental implants will give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself. They are very durable and will last many years. In fact, with good care, many implants last a lifetime. Schedule an appointment today and we can show you how.