Some Amazing Benefits of Dental Implants

Some Amazing Benefits of Dental ImplantsYour smile is very important. So, if you’re missing a tooth, there are some amazing benefits of dental implants you should know about. Dr. Matthew Wimmer at Wimmer Dental in Centennial can also help you get the dental implants you’ve been wanting to help restore your smile and confidence.

According to an American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) article, there are many reasons why dental implants might be right for you. Did you know dentists have been replacing missing teeth with dental inserts for over 50 years? Implants not only enhance your smile, they also support the soundness of your other teeth. When you have a missing tooth it affects your biting ability as well.

Here are some amazing benefits of dental implants:

Appearance

An implant looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth. Once it is securely placed into the jaw bone, it permanently anchors the new tooth and it will not move or ever need to be removed from your mouth. 

Chewing Ability Returns

When a tooth is missing it affects your chewing ability. Once you get your dental implant you will be able to chew whatever you want. 

Doesn’t Injure Surrounding Teeth

A dental implant does not impact any surrounding teeth in order to secure the replacement tooth in place. Since the new tooth sits on a titanium anchor that is securely set into the jawbone, adjacent teeth do not need to be bothered.

Protects Other Teeth

Having a tooth missing can cause damage to your other teeth. Implants are considered more reliable than bridgework, resin bonded bridges, and endodontic treatment.

Dental implants are substitutes for the roots of missing teeth. The dentist anchors a replacement tooth or crown on the implant.

When you get an implant, the titanium rod that is secured into your bone actually causes new bone growth around the implanted rod. This ends up creating stronger and healthier bone over time.  A tooth that is removed from the jawbone, but doesn’t get an implant, can cause the bone to atrophy and lose bone over time.

Enhances Self-Esteem

A missing tooth can also take away your confidence in social situations and make you reluctant to speak or smile. Since dental implants look and feel like your real teeth, you don’t have to be embarrassed anymore. There’s nothing more uplifting than getting your beautiful smile back.

History of Success

While it’s not an easy decision to get implants because it involves surgery, dental implants have been used for more than 50 years and are a good option for replacing failing or missing teeth.

Our dentist, Dr. Matt Wimmer with Wimmer Dental in Centennial is an AAID credentialed implant dentist. He can discuss with you some amazing benefits of dental implants and whether they’re right for you. With many sizes, shapes, and brands of implants available, as well as prerequisites to consider such as whether or not you have enough bone to support the implant, an exam and consultation is your first step. Call or contact us today for an appointment, and let’s get started on restoring your smile.

Importance of Regular Check-Ups

Importance of Regular Check-UpsYou hear about it all the time, the importance of regular checkups at the dentist. But do you know why? Our dental team at Wimmer Dental in Centennial remind our clients that dental visits twice a year are to help support healthy teeth and gums.

We believe the key to your dental health is prevention. By seeing one of our Wimmer Dental hygienists every six months, you can avoid major problems by addressing dental concerns early.

According to this Dental Town article and our own Doctor Wimmer, the importance of regular check-ups can be attributed to what they include. When you come in, you can expect the following procedures.

Cleanings

When you visit us for a checkup, you will receive a teeth cleaning, or prophylaxis. Your hygienist will use instruments to clean stains, plaque, and calculus (hardened plaque) from your teeth. Plaque can build up and turn into tartar which creates cavities, so cleanings are very important.

Our dentist and hygienists can advise you if other periodontal procedures such as a deep cleaning will be needed based on the health of your teeth and gums after your checkup.

If we find your plaque and calculus builds up very quickly or you are at high risk for gum disease, we may change your cleaning frequency to every three to four months, versus every six.

Dental Exams

Checking your teeth for cavities is part of your dental exam. If you don’t get rid of the plaque on your teeth, it can solidify on the teeth and bother gum tissue. If not treated, plaque can cause gum illness.

The dentist will look at the health of your gums, check for signs of oral cancer, diabetes, or vitamin inadequacies. The dentist will also look at your face, bite, saliva, and your lower jaw joints.

After your hygienist cleans and examines your teeth, they will talk to you about how to brush your teeth at home, how often and what products to use. They will talk to you about things that stain your teeth like coffee and tobacco.

Oral Cancer Exams

The dentist will also examine your mouth for oral cancer, which can become life-threatening. If you catch it early it is usually treatable. Your oral cancer exam does not hurt and will take only a short time. The oral exam finds signs of dead tissue caused by tumors by shining a special light inside your mouth.

Gum Disease

Plaque and tartar buildup can also create gum disease called gingivitis. This tartar buildup creates an infection and causes the gum to pull away from the tooth. Gum disease brings swelling, bleeding, or soreness in the mouth. It can break down bone that holds teeth in place and can cause tooth loss.

Regular cleanings can help you avoid gum disease, as well as its related treatments such surgery, extreme deep cleaning, and medication.

Bad Habits

A discussion of bad habits you should avoid includes, chewing ice, biting your nails, clenching your jaw, grinding your teeth, eating particularly sticky or hard sweets, brushing your teeth too hard, drinking coffee and red wine, and smoking.

X-Rays

You will get your teeth and jaw bone x-rayed. The x-rays show the dentist what is going on beneath the surface and in between your teeth. The x-rays also show any damage to your jawbone and bone decay, swelling, cysts, or tumors.

Head, Neck and Lymph Node Check

Your dentist will check your neck, jaw, and lymph nodes, located just below your jawline, for any swelling, lumps, or other abnormalities. Swollen lymph nodes could be cancer or other diseases. Your neck and thyroid glands are also checked.

Dr. Matthew Wimmer at Wimmer Dental in Centennial explains the benefits of dental visits twice a year are to help support healthy teeth and gums. The importance of regular checkups to the dentist can’t be stressed enough, not only for your teeth and gums but also for a number of other health issues. If you’ve been putting it off, it’s time to come in and see us. Call or contact us today for an appointment.