Missing one or more teeth is a very common problem. However, simply because it happens to many people doesn’t mean it’s of no concern. When you’re missing a tooth or teeth, you may have cosmetic concerns, including a potential change in the shape of your face, you lose functionality and may have problems chewing or speaking, and you have a greater risk of infection or other problems.
Dr. Prathima Rasamsetty and her team at Preva Dental have helped many patients who had missing teeth recover functionality and good oral health. We recommend dental implants to the majority of people who need a tooth replacement. In this post, we describe four of the key benefits of dental implants.
Other tooth replacement options, like dentures or bridges, usually have a limited lifespan. They may last 15-20 years, but eventually, they will need to be replaced. A dental implant is firmly attached to your jawbone, and will last the rest of your life.
Proper dental hygiene is important, of course, so you’ll need to continue regular visits to our office, along with brushing and flossing. But, with the right care, your implant should continue to serve you well.
The part of your tooth that you can see is called the crown; the part below your gumline is called the root. The root of your tooth is extremely important.
Dentures and bridges replace only the crown, while a dental implant is a replacement for your tooth root, with a prosthetic crown attached.
The implant, which is a titanium post, is inserted into your jawbone, where it is secure and provides a firm foundation for your crown. It behaves just like your natural tooth.
Dental implants provide you with the function of your natural tooth, but importantly, they also look like your natural tooth. Although our first concern is your oral health, we also understand how missing a tooth can affect your self-confidence.
Dental implants are designed to look just like your natural teeth. You can smile without worry.
When you’re missing a tooth or teeth, you may find that some foods are difficult to chew. If you have dentures, you may worry about them slipping while you eat or even speak.
Because your dental implant is permanently secured and attached to your jawbone, it works just like a natural tooth, and there’s no chance it will slip no matter what you eat, and certainly not while you speak.
Are you ready to find out if a dental implant is the tooth replacement that’s likely to work best for you? Schedule an appointment at Preva Dental today.