If you have lost one or more of your permanent teeth, you may be looking at all of your options for tooth replacement. It can be difficult to navigate the world of dentistry to figure out which option is right for you. There are several different approaches that are on the market today, but for our patients, we often recommend one approach more often than any other to replace one or more of your teeth. Single-tooth dental implants have some of the biggest benefits for your overall dental health and can give you a natural and inviting smile.
Dental implants are special dental devices that are made of two different pieces. The first is the implant post. This small piece of specially coated titanium looks similar to a screw. An incision is made into the gums, and the post is inserted into the bone underneath your gums where your tooth used to be. The special coating on the post helps to promote new bone growth around the post so that it is held securely in place.
Once the post has been allowed to heal and be incorporated into the bone, an implant crown is attached to the top of the post. The crown is specially designed so that it matches the size, color, and appearance of your natural teeth. This means that once it is in place, people will not know that you have had any dental work completed! Because the crown is securely anchored to the top of the post, you do not have to worry about it slipping out or shifting while you eat or talk. In addition, caring for your dental implant is easier than worrying about bridges or dentures. You simply follow a good dental routine of brushing, flossing, and regular dentist appointments.
One of the only special considerations that you will need to worry about is the use of abrasive toothpaste. These specialty toothpaste are designed to remove stains from your teeth but achieve that by “sanding” away from the stain from your teeth. When this type of toothpaste is applied to your implant, it can scratch and damage the surface of your implant and will alter the implant appearance.
When patients consider their options to replace their teeth, they generally think of four options. These are not to replace the tooth, use a bridge, get dentures, or a dental implant. Unfortunately, if you do not replace the tooth, the neighboring teeth have a tendency to drift, or twist because they are no longer held in place. While bridges can help to fill that space and keep teeth in their original position, they do nothing to support the underlying bone where the roots of the teeth used to be.
When the roots of your teeth are missing, the body recognizes that you no longer have a need to support that bone. Your body then begins the process of resorption, where it removes and recycles the unneeded bone. This leads to bone loss that can affect the neighboring teeth and cause additional tooth loss, or even a change in your facial appearance. Dental implants are the only option that can help to stop and actually reverse the process of resorption. This means that you gain all of the benefits of other tooth replacement options, and also gain something that none of your other choices offer.
If you are considering single-tooth dental implants, contact our offices today to schedule your appointment. Our talented staff can help you choose the best option for your needs and get you the smile that you deserve today!