If you live with gaps in your teeth, you may have difficulty biting and chewing properly. You might also have trouble forming certain words. Missing teeth affect far more than your facial appearance and self-confidence. As your remaining teeth shift into the gaps and the underlying bone starts to deteriorate, these problems lead to bite issues, sagging skin, and premature aging. Eventually, missing teeth cause more tooth loss and bone loss. Fortunately, implant dentistry can help fill in the gaps and restore your oral health.
Your implant dentist can replace both the missing tooth and the root with permanently fixed prosthetics. A dental implant is composed of three separate parts; a titanium post, the abutment piece, and a prosthetic tooth. The replacement tooth root is inserted directly into the jaw where it is allowed to integrate with the bone. The prosthetic tooth is a porcelain crown that looks, feels and functions like your natural tooth.
Implant dentistry offers several advantages over other tooth replacement options, including:
If you want to learn more about how implant dentistry can improve the look, feel, and function of your smile, call our dental office for an implant consultation today.