Dental implants are a viable option for many people who are dealing with tooth loss. They are a more permanent alternative to bridges and dentures since they implant directly into the jaw. If you are looking for an attractive option for replacing missing teeth, you need to speak with a dentist about getting an implant.
What Are Dental Implants
A dental implant is a post that is implanted into the jaw with the purpose of holding a crown in place. The dentist inserts a small post made of titanium into the bone socket of the missing tooth. The post is left in place for several weeks to allow the jaw bone to grow around it. This anchors it in place.
When the healing is complete and the post firmly in place, the dentist adds a small connector post, known as an abutment. This is what connects the implanted post with the replacement tooth, or crown. The crown is an artificial tooth that is meant to replace the one you lost. It is similar in color, size and shape to the others that surround it.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Going with an implant offers certain benefits when compared to bridges or dentures.
- It improves your appearance.
- Implants fix your crown into your jaw bone.
- Not only do you get the gap in your smile filled, it is done in such a way that it looks like you have all your natural teeth.
- An implant is more comfortable than dentures or bridges. The implant is anchored into the jaw permanently. The crown fits naturally into the line of your teeth.
- You do not need to worry about your dentures slipping or the bridge work cutting into your gums.
- Implants leave the surrounding teeth intact. If you go with dentures, all or part of your teeth are going to have to be removed. Bridge work requires metal bracing to be installed around your intact teeth. With implants, all your natural, intact teeth remain in place.
- An implant makes eating easier. Dentures can slip which makes chewing difficult.
- Dental implants are in place and do not move. Eating remains natural and as comfortable as it was before the tooth loss.
- Implants are more convenient. If you have dentures, you will need to remove them and clean them nightly. Plus, you will be using messy adhesives to keep them in place.
- If you have an implant, you care for it with routine tooth brushing and flossing.