If you’re missing one or more teeth, it can have a negative impact not just on your self-esteem but your overall health too. You can stop hiding your smile with dental implants, a dental service that will permanently replace any missing teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the most permanent and natural-looking option that dentistry has to offer. They’re a great option if you’re tired of wearing uncomfortable dentures or have teeth that are broken or decayed beyond repair. The dental implant is made up of two parts:
- The Implant Itself – Typically a titanium screw that acts as a root. This is surgically implanted into your jaw bone by a skilled dentist or oral surgeon.
- The Abutment – Usually a crown or bridge that looks just like your natural teeth and is placed over the implant.
After a thorough exam, your dentist will be able to recommend if dental implants are the right option for you. Besides restoring your smile, here are some of the benefits of dental implants.
Prevent Bone Loss
When you have missing teeth, your jawbone begins to deteriorate where the empty space is. Having missing teeth is a common problem. In fact, according to Harvard Health Publishing, about 47% of adults have untreated periodontal disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss. But because the dental implant acts as a root and natural tooth surface, it stimulates the bone to begin to grow back naturally.
Easy to Maintain
Because dental implants are dental service that looks and feels just like your natural teeth, they are very easy to maintain. There are no special products you have to buy as you do with dentures. Instead, you brush and floss them just like your natural teeth.
Keeps Surrounding Teeth Healthy
A gap from a missing tooth can cause the neighboring teeth to shift and move out of alignment. This can cause several issues like:
- Trouble chewing
- Bite issues
- Affecting your appearance
- Problems with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
A dental implant will stabilize the surrounding teeth and keep them healthier overall.
Restore Your Smile at Thomas Dentistry
At Thomas Dentistry, dental implants are just one dental service that we offer. Our dentists are extremely skilled when it comes to placing dental implants, and they’ll be there for you throughout the entire process. If you’d like to find out if dental implants are a good option for you, call our family dentists today to schedule an appointment.