Losing a tooth can do a lot more harm than just leaving a gap in your smile. It can cause the surrounding teeth to shift or move; it can cause your face to droop; and it can hurt your self-esteem. Many patients in Putney are turning to dental implants when they lose a tooth to decay or trauma.
Simply stated, a dental implant is an artificial tooth root. In the course of an outpatient procedure, the dentist places a titanium post into the jawbone. After the bone grows and attaches to the post, a crown is placed to give the tooth a natural look. The implant and crown will look and function exactly like your natural teeth.
Patients are choosing dental implants over alternatives, such as dentures or bridgework for several reasons. Here are some of the advantages to dental implants:
Improved appearance: The crown that is placed over the dental implant is created just for you. It will match your surrounding teeth in both shape and colour. In fact, once the crown is placed no one will be able to tell you have an artificial tooth.
Better speech: Unlike dentures, there's no slipping with dental implants. When you speak with an implant in your mouth, you will sound exactly like you did before losing a tooth.
Easier eating: Your implant doesn't just look like a natural tooth; it also functions like one too. You can use them to eat all of your favourite foods without concern about them slipping or having food particles become stuck.
Good oral health: Some procedures can require that the surrounding teeth be filed or reduced slightly to make room for the replacement to be placed. However, with dental implants, no adjustments are made to the surrounding teeth, thereby keeping them strong and completely intact.
Long lasting: With good oral care, your implants should last the rest of your life. It's important to take care of the tooth, but dental implants and strong and durable. Regular brushing and flossing will keep the implant free from plaque and bacteria and will keep the gum line free from food particles. Additionally, you should avoid habits such as biting or chewing on hard objects, and smoking or using other tobacco products. Regular visits to your dentist are recommended to ensure the health of your implant and your entire mouth.
Don't put off replacing a missing tooth. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that the surrounding teeth begin to shift, creating additional problems. Call Dr. Etienne Potgieter of Gentle Dental Putney today.
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