Are you keeping your smile hidden behind your hand due to missing teeth? Are you tired of missing teeth or dentures preventing you from eating your favorite foods? Well, we may have the perfect solution for you. Read on to discover what we feel may be your best choice.
What Is a Dental Implant?
The dental implant is the closest thing to a normal tooth you can have in a tooth replacement. An implant is made of three parts — a post, an abutment, and a prosthetic. The post, typically titanium because of its strength and its ability to fuse well with bone, is surgically implanted into your jawbone. This acts like the root of a natural tooth to provide stability. The abutment connects to the post and the prosthetic is attached to that. The prosthetic, or false tooth, mimics the visible part of your natural tooth.
Benefits of the Dental Implant
Because it so accurately replicates a missing tooth, an implant retains the appearance, functionality, and strength of a natural tooth. You will be able to eat what you like without discomfort or embarrassment, and because an implant is permanent and stable, there is no worry about dentures becoming loose or falling out.
Implants have more than aesthetic and comfort benefits. Implants protect your other teeth. Some replacement options require modifying surrounding teeth, the implant does not. Not replacing missing teeth or long-term wear of dentures can lead to bone loss, which can cause more tooth loss. Implants help stimulate bone growth and help preserve the jaw structure. They are also easier to brush and floss, which helps prevent plaque buildup and gum disease.
Is an Implant Right for You?
Even with all its benefits, an implant isn’t right for everyone. Everyone has unique circumstances, and some conditions make it difficult or impossible for a successful implant procedure. But if you are a good candidate, get ready to show off your smile again, because the implant is the ideal solution for tooth replacement. If you have any questions or to set up an appointment, call our office and discover whether a dental implant is the right choice for you.