Losing a tooth in adulthood is a major blow to one’s self-esteem and confidence. Tooth loss has profound effects on our well-being, including our mental, general, and oral health. Not only will a missing tooth increase one’s risk for depression and social isolation, it will increase one’s risk for more tooth loss along with jawbone deterioration.
Dental implants are lauded as the best solution for replacing missing teeth because they address the loss of total tooth structure, including the roots of teeth. These durable and biocompatible replacement teeth are long lasting and low maintenance. Our dentist offers dental implants as a tooth replacement solution to residents of our community.
Dental Implants Offer a Permanent Solution to Tooth Loss
Dental implants are placed into the jawbone to replace the lost roots of a tooth. Made from titanium, an implant is a durable, screw-like post that is surgically loaded into the jawbone. The cylindrical shape and titanium construction of the implant is ideal for osseointegration—a process where bone literally integrates around the implant to hold it in place.
Once the bone has fused to the implant, the replacement tooth root is stable and can support a prosthetic crown. A stabilized implant can support a prosthetic tooth and restore oral function. For single tooth replacement, an implant will normally support a tooth-shaped crown. Sometimes, an implant may support a bridge or a series of implants will anchor a denture to replace more than one tooth.
Since implants are located in the jaw and not removed for cleanings, patients will brush and floss their replacement teeth and biological teeth as normal. Moreover, the durability and stability implants provide allows patients to eat a full, balanced diet that includes tough and chewy foods. Those with implants who choose natural looking materials for their crowns or bridges will also enjoy a lifelike and beautiful smile restoration that is undetectable to others.
Reserve a dental implants consultation with our dentist by calling our practice today!