If you are one of the many Americans living with missing teeth, you might feel self-conscious about it—particularly if the missing tooth is toward the front of your mouth. You might even have felt judged unfairly by others.
There are problems with missing teeth, however, that go beyond esthetics. One missing tooth frequently leads to more missing teeth because your remaining teeth become unduly stressed.
The best solution for missing teeth is dental implants.
Because implants are permanently integrated into your jawbone, you do not have to worry about replacement teeth moving around the way dentures do. Plus, maintenance is similar to taking care of your natural teeth: Just brush and floss as you normally would.
Talk to Columbus, MS dentist Dr. Patrick Shipp and find out whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Made of titanium, which is generally well accepted by the body, dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone in the space left behind by a missing tooth. A natural-looking dental crown is placed on top of the implant connector after the site has healed. Your replacement tooth will look and function very similarly to a natural tooth.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
If your oral health is good, you can more than likely have success with dental implants. The best way to find out if they are a good option for you is to talk to Dr. Shipp and come in for an examination.
How Do I Care for Dental Implants?
One of the advantages of dental implants is that there is no special care required. You simply need to brush and floss regularly and see your dentist twice each year for routine cleanings and checkups.
Your implants won’t develop tooth decay, but they can show wear and tear over the years, so it’s important for your dentist to keep an eye on them. You can also still develop gum disease with dental implants, which if left untreated, could compromise your bone health and put your dental implants as well as your other teeth at risk.
What Are the Other Benefits of Dental Implants?
One of the best aspects of dental implants is that you will not have any food restrictions like you would have with dentures. Implants become a permanent part of your jawbone, much like a tooth root, so even a crunchy apply will not compromise your implant.
Another benefit of dental implants is the way they protect the health of your bone. Many people are not aware of a condition called “facial collapse,” which is the sunken-in look many denture-wearers develop over time. When teeth are missing, nutrients are no longer sent to that part of the jawbone and the bone begins to shrink. Implants prevent this from happening.
For more information about dental implants, please give us a call today!