As an adult, tooth loss can be a frightening experience, and one that creates a number of troubling questions, such as, “How will my smile look now? Will I be able to chew? Am I going to lose more teeth? Will I ever smile confidently again?” Fortunately, restorative dentistry exists to help address each of these questions, best of all, with beautiful and confidence-inspiring treatment. Dental implants, for instance, are an excellent and stable way to complete a smile that has been impacted by tooth loss.
Tooth Loss Can Lead to Further Problems
It is important to realize that tooth loss can create additional problems, down the road, if left unaddressed. For instance, when a single tooth falls out, the remaining teeth surrounding that space may try to shift to fill the hole that was created by the loss. This can create alignment problems for the entire smile.
By replacing a missing tooth, a dentist can help you improve the functionality of your smile, but also help to prevent worsening alignment issues.
A Prostheses Should Create Confidence and Comfort
Dental implants are one of the most permanent and sturdy prostheses available, because they utilize a biocompatible post to help stabilize a replacement tooth. This post is surgically inserted into the jaw, so that soft tissue can then grow right around it, creating added stability. This post also serves to help mimic the role of a healthy tooth root, which helps supply the jaw with the nutrients it needs to retain its structure over time.
One added benefit of implants, is that they can be used to help firmly secure a single replacement tooth, a partial denture, or in conjunction with other dental implants to stabilize full sets of dentures, making them incredibly versatile as forms of prostheses.