By the time we are in our mid-40s, most of us have lost at least one permanent tooth. Having one or more missing teeth can be an inconvenience when eating or speaking and a source of embarrassment when we smile. Not only that, a missing tooth can lead to more serious oral health issues later. If you have a missing tooth, there are several replacement options available. Let’s look at several reasons why an implant is a popular solution.
Why a Dental Implant?
The most obvious benefit of an implant is that patients have an attractive smile again and can eat and drink most of what they could before the tooth was lost. An implant retains the functionality and strength of a natural tooth because it most closely mimics the natural tooth.
An implant consists of a titanium post that is implanted in the jaw bone. A natural-looking crown that is closely color-matched replicates the visible part of the tooth. The crown is attached to a titanium post that is implanted into the jaw bone. This post functions as the root of a natural tooth would; it serves as an anchor and provides stability to the implant.
Other benefits of a dental implant include:
Prevents bone degeneration — Not replacing a missing tooth or long-term denture use could lead to bone loss. Implants have been shown to stimulate the tissue in the jaw bone, which helps prevent additional bone loss and can actually promote bone growth.
Long-lasting — Properly cared for with normal brushing and flossing and regular checkups, a dental implant can last a lifetime.
Doesn’t harm surrounding teeth — Implants are a less invasive treatment than some other replacement options. Other options may require modifying adjacent teeth; implants do not.
Feels and performs like a natural tooth — An implant instills confidence. You can eat your favorite foods again and you don’t have to hide your smile. With a color-matched crown and the stability of the post, many people forget they even have an implant in place.
Talk to Us About the Options Available
Let us turn your life around by giving you the confidence a beautiful smile provides. When a tooth is missing, an implant is the natural-looking, natural-acting tooth replacement option. If you are in the Boca Raton, Florida, area, to find out if dental implants are right for you.