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A dental implant is a cosmetic dentistry procedure designed to replace an entire tooth–roots and all. Many patients overlook implants as an effective option for cosmetic dentistry; crowns and veneers seem easier (after all, they don’t have screws installed into your jaw). Overlooking implants could be a mistake, however, as dental implants offer many benefits that other cosmetic procedures do not. Here are some reasons to talk to your dentist about dental implants.

Natural Appearance and Feel: Implants are designed to look and behave just like your natural teeth. This will help you feel confident and healthy again, making it easier to speak, eat and smile. In fact it is so close to your natural teeth, you and your dentist may be the only people to know it’s an implant!

Complete Restoration of the Tooth: While other cosmetic dental procedures can help a lot with various smile restoration needs, an implant does something more: it restores the full function and look of natural teeth, including the root. The connection between the implant and the jaw bone will grow stronger over time, helping to prevent bone loss. While this may not be necessary for all restorations, it is an excellent option for most smiles. This also means that those looking for an implant must have adequate jaw strength in order to proceed; don’t delay in scheduling a consultation about implants to ensure that your jaw bone does not deteriorate too much over time.

Long-Lasting Restoration: With the proper hygiene routines–brushing twice a day for two minutes, flossing once a day and keeping your mouth clean–implants can last a lifetime. This could be even longer than some of your natural teeth!

For more information, call Hardy Smiles in Louisburg, North Carolina, at 919-729-8022. Dr. Hardy, Dr. Alecia, and our team look forward to restoring your smile!