Reasons to Consider Single Tooth Dental Implants
If you’ve lost a tooth permanently due to an accident or infection, you know how difficult it can be to chew and even speak. In addition, most people feel embarrassed when they have a missing tooth. There are options to replace a missing tooth like removable dentures or bridges. However, dental implants are the most permanent option available. Even if you’re only missing a single tooth, here are some reasons to consider a Dental Implant.
A huge reason to consider an implant for your missing tooth is that it’s a more permanent option than a denture or bridge. The implant process involves placing a titanium post where the root of the missing tooth was in the jawbone. The bone actually fuses with the post, making it very unlikely for the post to ever come out. An abutment is placed on the post and a crown is then cemented to the abutment. Other options for tooth replacement are not, statistically, nearly as reliable as a dental implant.
Protects Surrounding Teeth
Bridges are a common method of tooth replacement, but they can be hard on your surrounding teeth. A bridge or crown requires the surrounding teeth to be reduced so that there’s room to attach the bridge. Extra stress is also placed on the teeth supporting the bridge so you may end up having more complications later on. Implants prevent the bone from deteriorating as well, so your mouth in general will be in better shape; bone loss around a bridge or under a removable denture over time is always observed. A removable denture puts tremendous stress on the anchor teeth often resulting in the eventual loss of those teeth as well.
Dental implants are also easy to care for. Removable dentures must be removed and cleaned thoroughly. You must floss under a fixed bridge using a special floss threader. However, you can take care of implants the same way you care for your other teeth. That means you simply brush and floss and visit the dentist regularly to make sure the gums are in good condition.
Looks Completely Natural
Perhaps the most attractive feature of dental implants is that they look and feel exactly like your natural teeth. The crown on the implant is made to match the shape and shade of your original teeth and, since they’re attached to the implant post that’s securely anchored into your jawbone, you’ll be able to eat foods that you could eat with your natural teeth without worrying about the discomfort of food getting under a bridge or denture or having a denture fall out while eating or talking. Contact Dr. Turner at Turner Dental Care today to learn more about dental implants.