Dental implants replace natural tooth roots in areas of the mouth where teeth are missing by using a screw, abutment and tooth replacement such as a dental crown, bridge, or dentures.
These permanent tooth replacements provide the stability required to preserve your jawbone and assist your natural teeth in remaining in place so they do not shift to fill the gap left by the missing tooth.
If you are looking to replace one or more missing teeth, our list below will explain why you should consider a dental implant.
Dental Implants Treat and Prevent Bone Loss
Loss of teeth can also cause jawbone deterioration. Using a dental implant as soon as possible to replace missing teeth prevents future bone loss, protects your oral and overall health, and preserves your facial structure.
If bone loss has occurred, we can repair this with a bone graft before the implant is installed.
Dental Implants Do Not Typically Move or Fall Out
With a permanent, custom-made dental implant, you can typically do anything you can do with your natural teeth, including eating difficult-to-chew foods like spare ribs and corn on the cob. Implants should not shift or feel loose because they are securely placed and attached to the jawbone.
Adjacent Teeth Will Not Be Affected
While bridges and dentures have their uses, dentures do necessitate the use of adhesives, whereas bridges necessitate the grinding down of some of your surrounding natural teeth so that the bridge can be cemented onto them.
Dental implant-supported bridges and crowns do not involve your natural teeth, which helps to preserve more of their natural structure while also protecting your oral health.
Smile More Confidently
When teeth are lost as a result of decay, trauma, dental disease or other causes, the resulting bone loss and loss of facial structure can make people feel self-conscious about smiling and socializing.
However, with a dental implant, we can address the sunken facial appearance as well as the possibility of wrinkling and collapse that can occur when teeth are missing. A healthy and natural-looking facial structure is supported by an intact jawbone, which may help you look younger – for longer.
Have more questions about whether dental implants are right for you? Contact DS Dental today for a free smile analysis.