April 4 2022 by Mills Haven Dental
If you’re missing a tooth, one of your solutions is a dental implant! A dental implant uses a rod that is inserted directly into your jawbone, acting as an anchor for an artificial tooth.
Our team highly recommends dental implants for people looking for a missing tooth solution. We have four reasons why you should consider a dental implant consultation.
One of the main things our clients love about their dental implants is how natural they look and feel.
Your dental implant will fit seamlessly into your smile so that no one will notice it isn’t a real tooth. We can match the shadel to your already-existing teeth, as well as find the right shape.
Dental implants can also be used like real teeth. You’ll be able to eat and drink the same way you did before losing your tooth. However, also like real teeth, you should make sure not to chew on anything too hard, like metal or even ice.
Dental implants are also like real teeth when it comes to caring for them. Your regular brush & floss routine will be more than enough to keep them in good shape for the years to come.
Dental implants can last an extremely long time, making them a great solution for people with missing teeth. There are three parts to dental implants: The fixture (or rod), the abutment, and the crown.
The fixture and abutment are usually made of titanium metal, which means they’re extremely durable. If all goes well, your titanium rod could last your entire life. Another bonus of this metal is that it’s bio-compatible, so your body won’t reject the implant as the years go on.
The crown, on the other hand, may need to be replaced every 10-15 years. This is an extremely easy and relatively affordable change. Because the crown screws onto the titanium fixture, you can expect the actual replacement to happen in one dental visit.
Dental implants also help to preserve the integrity of your jaw’s bone structure. Like any bone in your body, your jawbone needs to be used so it can remain healthy and strong, but with a missing tooth, it doesn’t get the stimulation it needs. That can lead to a deterioration of your bone and a loss of jaw integrity.
They also help to keep any adjacent teeth in place. Without support, these teeth will likely shift and change your bite (probably for the worse). This can cause pain and joint issues, and eventually face sagging.
Many people are surprised to learn that dental implants can help you prevent gum disease and achieve healthier gums overall.
This is because a missing tooth can cause hygiene problems. Food can become trapped in the exposed gums which will quickly grow bacteria. If you decide not to get dental implants, you really need to be extra careful with your brush and floss routine.