What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Sometimes, a tooth has to be removed. This is called an “extraction.” There are many different reasons that a tooth might need to be extracted, but if the bottom line is the removal of an adult tooth then your next question might be, “What now?”. If you don’t want to go through life with a gaping hole in your line-up of pearly whites, then dental implants might be right for you.
But, what are dental implants?
When a tooth is removed, an implant can be placed in the space left by the extraction. A natural tooth has both roots and a crown; the roots are inside the jaw and under the gums while the crown is the visible part of the tooth. An implant recreates the roots of the tooth by surgically placing a titanium post into the jawbone. This can often be placed the same day that the extraction is performed. Then a fabricated crown, made to look just like a natural tooth, is placed on the post. This implant is strong and permanent. It can last a lifetime.
Are there other options for missing teeth?
Yes, a bridge can be placed over missing teeth. A bridge consists of only fabricated crowns anchored to neighboring teeth. Dentures are also an option for the replacement of missing teeth.
Why are dental implants often the best option?
- It is permanent
- It can last a lifetime
- Makes eating easier
- Gives a natural, seamless look
- No further damage to neighboring teeth
- No anchoring teeth to be filed down and compromised
- Can serve as an anchor for patients who are missing multiple teeth
Your dentist can help you decide if a dental implant is the right choice for the replacement of your extracted tooth. Don’t be afraid to pursue this permanent, natural looking solution.