Have you lost a tooth? As an adult tooth loss can be frustrating, embarrassing, and frightening. But, it does not have to be permanent. Don’t limp along with a missing tooth, trying to hide your smile, when a dental implant could help improve it in more ways than one. Dental implants replace both the tooth and its root, helping to preserve your remaining teeth’s alignment and also improving the function of your bite. Perhaps best of all, an implant can help cosmetically restore your smile, so you can get back to enjoying life and showing that joy to the world.
Dental Implants Are Different
Dental implants are unique compared to other restorative treatments, because they not only replace the missing tooth, they also replace its root. This is great for your jaw, in particular, because it can help provide nutrients the way your tooth root does as you chew. The root is replaced using a titanium post, which is biocompatible, allowing your tissue to grow around it after it has been surgically placed.
After healing, a replacement tooth, either a crown, denture or pontic (fake tooth) will be attached to the post, completing the restoration process and the appearance of your smile.
Dentists recommend dental implants for these reasons, but also because of the increased confidence they can provide patients. That’s because they’re the most permanent option for addressing tooth loss, meaning patients won’t have to worry about what they eat or drink after the implant has been affixed.
If you have had an extraction, or lost a tooth naturally, a dental implant could help you get back to normal. And that is a great feeling.