The loss of a tooth not only changes your smile but can also affect your self-confidence, particularly if the gap is noticeable. Dr. Shane Roane and Dr. Pamala Good your Tallahassee, FL dentists at GoodSmiles, explain how restorative dental implants can improve your smile.
A dental implant replaces your entire tooth
Bridges and dentures only replace the portion of your teeth that is visible when you smile. Dental implants replace your entire tooth from root to crown. Implants are made of titanium, a strong metal that fuses easily to your jawbone. During the first step in the implant process, your dentist makes a hole in your jawbone and places the implant inside. Over the next several months, the implant begins to bond to the bone. When bonding is complete, your dentist connects a crown to the implant. The crown takes the place of your tooth above your gum line.
Dental implants offer several benefits
In addition to improving your appearance, dental implants also offer several other benefits, including:
- Versatility: Dental implants are a good choice whether you've lost one tooth or all of them. Implant-supported dentures can be attached using just two to four implants.
- Improved Biting and Chewing: Biting and chewing is more difficult after you lose a tooth. If you've lost several teeth, it may be difficult to chew food thoroughly. Implants don't affect your biting power, unlike dentures. When you choose implant-supported dentures instead of traditional dentures, you won't have to give up harder foods.
- Better Oral Health: Your tooth roots provide the constant stimulation your jawbone needs to stay strong. Once a tooth is lost, the underlying bone weakens and begins to shrink. Because your implant takes the place of your roots, it continues to stimulate the bone. Implants can also reduce your risk of cavities. After you lose a tooth, surrounding teeth begin to overlap as they drift toward the opening. It's difficult to remove cavity-causing plaque when teeth overlap. The surrounding teeth will stay straight and upright when you close the gap in your smile with a dental implant.
Are you interested in learning more about restorative dental implants? Call Dr. Shane Roane, Dr. Pamala Good and Dr. Neal Waldman your Tallahassee, FL dentists at GoodSmiles, at (850) 383-4455 to schedule an appointment.
Transform your smile with dental implants!