When a tooth or multiple teeth have been lost due to an accident, injury, disease, or extraction, you may wonder what your options are to replace it. Dental implants are reshaping the way we do dentistry by offering a permanent and natural tooth replacement.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.
Why Dental Implants?
There are a number of reasons why you should consider a dental implant:
- Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink. This shrinkage will make your face look older than it is.
- There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.
- Dental implants do not require the alteration or shaving down of adjacent teeth like traditional a traditional bridge restoration.