If you are looking for a permanent solution to a missing tooth or teeth, dental implants may be an option for you. Dental implants are both comfortable and stable. They are fused to your jaw bone, making them feel, look, and function like a regular tooth.
Missing teeth are more than just a cosmetic inconvenience. When an adult tooth is lost, the remaining teeth around it can shift and change positions. This can lead to alignment issues and can hurt your bite. The bone around the missing tooth can also begin to disintegrate. This can result in infection and further dental issues.
Implants are made from titanium and attached to the jaw to act as a base for dental crowns. Dental crowns are made to look just like your natural teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or even several missing teeth. They do not need to be removed, and stay in your mouth permanently. Unlike dentures, they do not need adhesives to stay in place.
Many people find dental implants more comfortable than dentures or other tooth replacement options. Unlike dentures, they do not slide around when eating or talking and are permanently fixed in the jaw. With dentures, the wearer may also suffer bone loss. This is not a risk with dental implants, which help preserve the jaw bone. With proper care, implants can last for many years. Caring for dental implants is simple; brushing, flossing, mouthwash, and regular visits to the dentist are all they require.
In addition to looking like your regular teeth, dental implants can also help fill out the face. Many people with missing teeth report a “sunken” look in their faces. Dental implants can combat this effect and restore your face’s healthy and full appearance.
If you are healthy enough for extraction and surgery, you may be a good candidate for dental implants. It is important to have enough gum and bone to hold and support the dental implant. If you are missing teeth and believe that you are a good candidate for dental implants, give us a call today.