Many people end up losing a tooth or two in their lifetime, either because of an unfortunate accident, or they might have suffered a tooth infection where they were not able to save the tooth. Either way, a missing tooth should be addressed immediately.
Of course, your dentist at Brookside Family Dental will do everything they can in order to save your natural teeth, but under certain conditions, tooth removal might be the only option. If this is the case, we will discuss your best options for tooth replacement. Most patients looking for a long-term, permanent solution turn towards getting a dental implant. Dental implants are made to last a lifetime with the proper care and conditions.
Benefits of a Dental Implant
While there are other options, like a dental bridge that relies on your adjacent teeth, dental implants replace your entire tooth and actually provide benefits for your existing teeth and jaw. With a dental bridge, the adjacent teeth need to be reshaped for dental crowns to support the replacement tooth. But with a dental implant, none of your other teeth will be affected because it will be self-supporting. A small post, usually made of titanium, is inserted into the jawbone, which allows new bone growth on and around it. Within a few months, this post is firmly set into your jawbone, making it strong enough to support your new tooth.
Your Dental Health
One of the biggest benefits of choosing a dental implant is that it will protect your jawbone in the long run. When you lose a tooth, you will also lose bone mass in the area where the original tooth was rooted. This eventually destabilizes the surrounding teeth. The post of a dental implant mimics a real tooth root and prevents bone loss. It will provide the necessary stimulation needed to ensure old bone cells are replaced like a real tooth would.
Dental Implants Look Natural
Dental implants are made to look just like your other natural teeth. It will not only look but it will also feel like a natural tooth, or maybe even better than before. Your dental implant will emerge from your gums just like any normal tooth would and provide both aesthetics and function.
Taking care of your dental implants is just like caring for your natural teeth. You can floss and brush them just like you would a regular tooth. Going to regular check-ups with your dentist is also essential for keeping your implant healthy. A great dental hygiene routine is important because even though your implant is artificial it is still surrounded by living bone and tissue, which can become infected without proper care.
Dental implants aren’t only for single missing teeth, they are also a great option for multiple missing teeth.
Dental implants are one of the most sophisticated and popular solutions for addressing the problem of missing teeth. If you are interested in dental implants or have questions, book a free consultation at Brookside Family Dental today.