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By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
January 24, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

If you're like most people in the United States, you've probably seen or heard advertisements for dental implants. These tooth restorations are quickly gaining in popularity everywhere, including Dr. Joseph Hendrick Jr.'s dental practice in Shelby, NC. Dr. Hendrick Jr. is here to explain two of the many reasons why dental implants have become so popular for both dentists and patients.

More stability

Dental implants from your Shelby dentist are an investment in the future of your dental health. That's because the structure of the dental implant mimics that of a natural tooth, allowing the rest of your teeth to continue functioning normally. When you have a gap from a missing tooth, the teeth on either side of it begin to gradually shift out of place in an effort to "find" the tooth that once resided next to them. In the same way, the tooth directly above the gap begins to move downward. This can cause a chain reaction of misalignment and further tooth loss. But because of the way the post is imbedded in your jawbone, the body treats dental implants as an authentic part of your dentition.

Less maintenance

One of the reasons that people hold off on replacing their missing teeth with restorations is because of the labor-intensity. Dentures require frequent removal for cleaning and need to be adjusted to compensate for the regression of the bone underneath the gum ridges. Crowns and bridges stay in place, but are only designed to last five to 15 years before needing replacement or repair. Dental implants, however, never need to be taken out or adjusted. The permanence of the post, as we've discussed, keeps the bones and teeth functioning properly for decades to come. As long as you care for your gums and remaining natural teeth, your dental implant from Dr. Hendrick Jr., your Shelby, NC, dentist, can last as long as 25 years before needing maintenance.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hendrick Jr. and learn more about dental implants, contact our dental office in Shelby, NC, today!

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