Dental Implants a Restorative Option for Missing Teeth
If you have missing teeth, or you need to have a tooth pulled, you may think that you’re going to be gap-toothed forever. You might think that you’ll have to get dentures or a removable prosthetic tooth. You’re probably concerned that you’ll never be able to smile confidently again. Fortunately, there’s a permanent, restorative solution to your problem: dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is actually a two-part system. The implant, itself, is usually made of titanium and is implanted into your jawbone. After a short healing period, a prosthetic tooth or crown is then attached to the implant to create a replacement for the missing tooth.
Once the implant is in place and has healed, it will essentially be a part of your jawbone, and the new tooth or crown will be made to look just like your other teeth. Anyone looking at you after the procedure has been completed will not be able to tell that you’ve had any work done at all. Your teeth will all look completely natural and healthy.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
If your missing teeth are toward the back of your mouth, you might think you can get away with not replacing them, but leaving a large gap between your teeth can cause major issues over time. For example, the teeth around the gap will, eventually, start to “lean” and migrate toward the empty space. This can lead to roots impacting each other and further tooth decay.
If you choose dentures or another removable or temporary option, you may still experience some gum pain and discomfort. You’ll have to take extra care in cleaning and when you eat. Dental implants present a permanent solution to restore your smile to its former glory.