A tooth implant is essentially a permanent solution to a missing tooth. Basically, it consists of a small metal post that ossifies to your jaw bone and then gets topped by a porcelain crown. There are a number of situations where you may need a tooth implant. Here is a look at just a few of them.
You Have Lost a Tooth in a Prominent Spot
Car accidents, sports injuries, and other types of trauma may cause you to lose a tooth, and if you lose a tooth in a prominent spot of your mouth, you may need to consider a tooth implant. Because it’s permanently anchored to your jaw bone, it creates a perfectly natural look that blends in with the rest of your teeth. Of course, you can also use implants in other parts of your mouth.
You Don’t Want to Affect Nearby Teeth
Additionally, a tooth implant doesn’t affect nearby teeth. In contrast, if you opt for a bridge, this prosthetic usually gets anchored by applying crowns to the teeth surrounding the gap. To put in the crowns, your dentist may need to shave down some of the existing teeth.
You Are Missing Several Teeth
You can also use implants to replace more than one missing tooth. Generally, with this type of implant, there is an implant on both ends of the area missing the teeth. Then, a bridge stretches between the implants. With these types of implants, you don’t have to worry about taking dentures in or out and potentially losing them.
You Want a Long Lasting Solution
Compared to other dental prosthetics, a tooth implant lasts for a significantly longer period of time. For the most part, the metal post of the implant should last your entire life. The crown can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years depending on your oral care habits. In contrast, dentures need to be replaced every five to eight years.
You Want to Protect the Integrity of Your Jaw Bone
Unfortunately, when you lose teeth, your jaw bone starts to lose some of its integrity. To break it down very simply, when the jaw bone isn’t holding the roots of teeth, it assumes it has no function, and it starts to deteriorate. Overtime, people with no teeth can lose a significant part of this bone, and their mouths start to look sunken in. Implants help to prevent that process because they simulate the role of roots in your jawbone.
You Want More Comfortable Dentures
A tooth implant isn’t the only type of implant. You can also use implants to make dentures fit better. Also called snap-on dentures, this refers to small implants that go into your jaw bone. A small bit of metal protrudes over the gum line, and then, your dentures snap on to those metal bits. This setup eliminates loose dentures and means you don’t have to worry about denture cream.
To set up an appointment to get a tooth implant, contact Buckhead Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. We provide implants as well as a vast range of other cosmetic and general dentistry procedures.