It’s hard to enjoy time spent with family, when you’re missing one important thing, a tooth. Even a single missing tooth can make it difficult to smile or chew normally. It can also take a toll on your confidence, as a result. Thankfully, restorative dentistry provides a number of ways to complete a smile affected by tooth loss, including dental implants, which have quickly become one of the most recommended forms of dental prosthetics. That is because implants don’t just complete your smile cosmetically; they can greatly improve its function through a stable and permanent form of tooth replacement.
Implants Offer Added Benefits
Dental implants involve anchoring a replacement tooth with a titanium post that serves to mimic your tooth’s natural root. This post is biocompatible, which means osseointegration will take place after its surgical placement.
Osseointegration describes the way your gum and soft tissue will grow around the post, helping to further stabilize it. Once healed, your jaw will be able to receive nutrients each time you chew, the same way it would if a healthy tooth root was present.
A connector piece called an abutment is used to secure a replacement tooth to the post, which gives you a great deal of flexibility in what form of prosthetic you choose to complete your smile. Porcelain dental crowns are one of the most popular, because they can be made to blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile, but other options include partial dentures and pontics. How many teeth you have lost and where they are located can help your dentist advise you what kind of prosthetic would be best in your situation.