From difficulty with biting and chewing to interference with clear speech, missing teeth are more than just a minor nuisance.
There are many different ways to deal with these troublesome gaps. One of the most popular is the dental implant.
What Is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are a way to completely replace a missing tooth. It starts with the root and finishes with a crown, making a whole tooth structure, not just a part of it.
Root| The root of the synthetic implant tooth is a post which is usually made out of titanium. Titanium is hypoallergenic, extremely strong, and lasts for a long time. Many of the earliest implants were placed more than thirty years ago, and they’re still going strong.
This is partially due to a process called osseointegration. That means that the bone of the jaw grows up around the post. As they fuse together, both of them are made stronger than their individual parts. This creates a solid anchor for the rest of the tooth.
Neck| The neck of a tooth is the small area between the crown and the root. Just like a natural tooth, implant structures also have a connector bit called an abutment. This abutment attaches the crown to the implant post.
Crown| The synthetic crown of an implant structure is highly customized. It is sized, shaped, and colored to perfectly fit your mouth. Not only does it look amazing, but it functions exactly like a natural crown as well.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
The number one benefit to getting an implant is that it fills gaps in your smile. It will look and feel great, while also restoring complete function to your bite.
Speaking of looking great, implant crowns are practically indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth. They are custom-crafted so well that they blend in like they’ve always been there.
On top of all that, implants are amazingly easy to maintain. In fact, you deal with them in the exact same way as the rest of your teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups are the order of the day. No special cleansers, extra dental appointments, or complicated procedures required.
As we mentioned above, implants are also highly durable. We already have decades of data to back up their longevity, and expect many more decades to come, as time goes on and technology progresses.
Last, but certainly not least, replacing a missing tooth with a full implant structure does wonders for the health of your gums and jawbone. When teeth go missing, the bone in that area will gradually recede, which is what causes that sunken look. Implant roots halt that recession in its tracks.
Talk to Us About Your Implant Options
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants may just be the treatment you’re looking for. Call Cape Vista Dental today with any questions or to schedule an appointment.