Whether you’ve been living with a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth for a long time or are just now facing this dental condition, a dental implant is a complete missing tooth restoration treatment that has been quite successful for many patients. Not only does it restore the look and function of a tooth, it’s also permanent, and the long lasting quality means that patients don’t have to worry about having to replace a prosthetic down the road.
A dental implant consists of a post, an abutment, and a crown. A titanium post is surgically implanted into the jaw, and over time it fuses with the jaw bone to create a strong and sturdy foundation for the crown or artificial tooth. The crown is connected to the post by the abutment.
The Dental Implant Advantage
With a 95% success rate and few to no complications, it’s no wonder implants are a popular choice for replacing missing teeth. Other benefits of this treatment include:
- Restored functionality: A dental implant firmly fixed and provides great support for your new, fully functional tooth, allowing you to eat, speak and smile without worrying about a gap in your teeth or a slipping prosthetic.
- Comfort: Since they are implanted directly into the jawbone, they feel like natural teeth.
- Great aesthetics: Crowns are custom-fit in the shape and color of your surrounding natural teeth so that your implant blends in perfectly with the rest of your smile.
- Low-maintenance: Maintaining your dental implant the same as maintaining your natural teeth—no extra cleaning tablets needed.
Missing teeth can affect not only your ability to chew or speak, but also alter your jaw and face structure. Having an appliance that you’re not comfortable with or, even worse, not having anything to replace your missing teeth can cause multiple problems. The gums and bone structure can sink down and deteriorate, which can spread to surrounding tissue and other healthy teeth. Dental implants are an effective long-term solution to improve your mouth’s health and overall well-being.
If you are interested in discussing how dental implants can benefit your particular dental needs, please call our Butternut Street office to schedule a consultation today.