Sometimes, despite all of their best efforts, a patient will lose a tooth. The mere idea brings on anxiety — not because of the extraction, but because of how losing a tooth will affect their appearance. Even when a tooth is missing from the posterior teeth, these patients eventually become self-conscious about smiling wide, laughing, even engaging in conversation. Whenever possible, there is one option I recommend. It is permanent, provides stability, and can return smiles to their original beauty. What is it?
Dental implants are small, threaded devices that are surgically implanted in the jawline where the tooth root previously existed. After the jaw and gums have sufficiently healed, an abutment piece is attached and used to anchor a prosthetic tooth to the implant. The replacement tooth offers unrivaled benefits, including:
- Stability — Because the implants are permanent, they offer the stability that dentures and bridges can’t. This means you’ll never have to worry about your prosthetic tooth slipping out of place.
- Longevity — When cared for properly, dental implants can last for many years and provide a beautiful, permanent smile.
- Freedom — Implants give you the freedom to eat what you want. Those foods that can easily dislodge a denture are no match for them.
- Prevention — Because implants take the place of natural tooth roots, they prevent bone deterioration in the jaw and the further tooth loss that can occur when a tooth is left unreplaced.
- Convenience — Implants are cared for just like your natural teeth. Simply brush at least twice a day, floss daily, and visit me as recommended. No soaking in effervescent water, no applying dental adhesive, no disruption to your regular routine.
In order to withstand implant treatment, you must be in relatively good dental and overall health. You will also need to have sufficient bone mass in your jaw; those with insufficient jaw structures may require bone grafting prior to the implant procedure. If you are a candidate — and we can only know for certain from a thorough examination — then let’s get started! Contact my office to schedule an appointment. When you see your new smile, you’ll be glad that you did.