Tooth loss can impact your self-confidence, your social skills and even your sense of well-being. The process of getting dentures can also be traumatic; complete tooth extraction and the learning curve associated with dentures is intimidating for many people.
If you’ve lost one or more of your teeth and are searching for a permanent solution, consider getting dental implants.
Dental implants can replace missing teeth and preserve your gum tissue over time. Unlike crowns and bridges, dental implants replace not only the visible part of the tooth, but also the underlying structures of the tooth. This allows dental implants to function more like a real tooth than any other tooth replacement option.
How Are Implants Superior to Other Tooth Replacement Options?
Many tooth replacement options replace the visible part of the tooth–the crown–but don’t replace the structures that anchor the tooth to the gum. As a result, the muscles in the jaw and gum can atrophy. A dental implant can replace the tooth root, providing your jaw structure with support and preventing muscle atrophy.
Let’s explore some of the benefits of dental implant restorations for your dental health:
- Durability – the implant fuses to the bone making dental implants the most durable tooth replacement option
- Long-Lasting – Dental implants can last a lifetime if properly maintained
- Healthy Oral Solution – Dental implants don’t require reduction of bordering teeth
- Natural Appearance – Dental implants are designed to look like natural teeth
What Does the Dental Implant Process Involve?
Are you wondering about the process of getting a dental implant? Here’s what you can expect.
- First, your dentist will place the dental implant (a screw-like device made of titanium) into the tissues of the gum
- Over the next 2-6 months, the dental implant will fuse to the bone, becoming an anchor for the artificial tooth (crown)
- After the implant has fused to the bone, your dentist will place an abutment on the implant so the crown can be securely attached
- The next step is to design the new replacement tooth. Once your crown is ready, your dentist will secure it to the implant, and you’ll be able to chew and speak normally
- When a patient loses several teeth, an implant supported bridge can be created to replace the missing teeth.
If you’re interested in dental implants to correct tooth loss, contact Patriot Family Dental in Clarksville, Tennessee. Our dental office specializes in dental implants.