There’s a lot to consider when replacing a missing tooth or teeth. You want your smile to look natural, as well as feel secure and allow you to eat and speak properly. Dental implants offer all these advantages and more.
At Comfort Dental Spa in Farmington Hills, MI, Aziza Fatima Askari, DMD has restored healthy beautiful smiles to countless patients using dental implants. Read on as Dr. Askari offers an overview.
Implants are secure
Dental implants are a tooth replacement option for one or more missing teeth, or for teeth damaged or decayed beyond repair. An implant starts with the insertion of a metal post into the site of your missing tooth. The post serves as an artificial tooth root. This surgically anchored “root” serves as the base for an artificial tooth, bridge, or set of dentures.
The metal post inserted into your jaw makes your new artificial tooth feel and function the same way your natural teeth do. Unlike bridges and removable partial dentures that can move around, you don’t have to worry about your implants slipping or clicking while you talk or eat.
Implants preserve the shape of your smile
Each tooth in your mouth relies on its neighboring teeth for structure and support. When
you have missing teeth, the remaining teeth surrounding the space may shift, altering your bite and look.
These adjustments in your bite can lead to jaw pain and headaches. By filling this gap with an implant, you can keep your teeth in their proper places.
Implants make for a sturdy jaw
A missing tooth causes serious bone loss in the jaw. The specific area may lose 25% of
its volume -- and it will continue deteriorating in the years to come. Dental implants simulate a tooth root in your jaw which helps to maintain your bone health and stimulate new growth. Your profile remains in tact and your bone remains healthy with an implant.
Implants boost your oral health
When you lose a tooth, the empty gums are vulnerable to accruing bacteria that can lead
to gum or periodontal disease, which sets off a chain reaction of oral issues. This inflammatory disease develops in the soft and hard structures of your mouth in response to bacteria. As it advances, your gums pull away from your teeth putting you at risk for both tooth and bone loss.
An implant fills in the gum space and, as long as you maintain good oral health at home with brushing and flossing, you’re less vulnerable to further decay and infection.
Implants are a near permanent solution
Most options for missing teeth, such as bridges and dentures, need replacement every 5-10 years Replacing these options can be a hassle and an unwanted expense. Dental implants, however, are made from biocompatible material. That means you there is no worry that your body will reject them. They will naturally integrate into your jawbone. This design makes them an effective long-term solution, as long as you take care of them with proper at-home care and regular professional cleanings.
To learn more about dental implants and whether they are right for you, call 248-474-6434 Comfort Dental Spa or request an appointment online today.