There are several different reasons why implants are a superior type of replacement for missing teeth, including:
- Prevents jawbone loss
- Prevents teeth from shifting into the empty spaces
- Provides both the function and appearance of natural teeth
Prevents Jawbone Loss
As mentioned earlier, having a missing tooth can cause the underlying jawbone in the area to melt away. This is one reason why it is important to address the situation at an early stage. More than likely, you could still receive an implant after you have experienced bone loss. But you would probably need a bone graft procedure to make the area stable enough to receive an implant.
Prevents Teeth Shifting
Nature abhors a vacuum. Having one or more missing teeth can eventually lead to neighboring teeth shifting into this empty space, leaving gaps between your teeth that can affect the appearance of your entire smile. Implants prevent this from happening.
Offers Function and Appearance of Natural Teeth
There are other teeth replacement options available, but none can match the ability of dental implants to effectively replace both the function and appearance of natural teeth. The artificial tooth root will ensure that your implant is firmly anchored within your jawbone, while the dental crown that caps the entire structure will look just like a natural tooth, allowing you to bite down and chew your food normally.
The solidity of implants also makes them preferable to getting a denture, assuming that you only need a few implants, as implants are not normally recommended to replace all natural teeth. Your new dental implant will not slip, as dentures are sometimes known to.
Each dental implant consist of three parts: a metal post, an abutment and a crown. The metal post is placed at the first appointment following the initial consultation. After your jawbone grows around it, the abutment will be placed on top of it at a later appointment. Lastly, your dentist will place a dental crown on top of the abutment attachment.
Caring for Your New Dental Implant
There really are no special things that you need to do to care for a new implant. But it is extremely important that you maintain proper oral hygiene. Brush on and around your dental implant, and all of your teeth, to make sure that no plaque accumulates. Although an implant itself is indestructible, gum disease can still cause it to fail if you do not practice proper oral hygiene at home.
Your Dental Implant Consultation
If you feel that a dental implant may be right for you and your individual needs, please contact our office today to schedule your convenient implant consultation. New patients are welcome.
Call our dedicated, friendly Dental Emergency line today to enquire further at (703) 787-2273