I see many patients who have missing teeth. In fact, did you know that millions of Americans have at least one missing tooth? Are you one of them? You may delay dealing with your missing teeth because they are not painful. Don’t be fooled — the list of oral health problems that can be caused by a missing tooth is very long. When you have a missing tooth, it can lead to shifting of your other teeth as well as posing a challenge digesting your food. I offer several treatment options for missing teeth, but one is more natural than the others. Read on to find out if this option could be right for you.
The Benefits of a Dental Implant
An implant is simply an artificial tooth that replaces a missing permanent tooth. The difference between an implant and other replacement options is that an implant mimics the whole tooth, root and all. Advantages of an implant include:
- Looks Natural — The prosthetic tooth is color-matched and shaped as closely as possible to fit in with your remaining teeth. A dental implant is so natural that others may not notice you have one — even you may forget.
- Stability — Because an implant includes a root replacement through a titanium post anchored to the bone, the implant functions as a normal tooth and doesn’t move when you eat or talk.
- Long-Lasting — An implant typically lasts for a decade or more, possibly your entire lifetime, with proper care.
- Preserves Bone and Prevents Shifting Teeth — When a tooth is missing, the bone will eventually deteriorate, and remaining teeth will shift and become misaligned. Implants have been shown to promote bone growth in the affected area, and filling the gap keeps remaining teeth in place.
- Easier to Maintain — You take care of your dental implant as if it were a natural tooth. There are no extra procedures to follow or special cleaning products to buy. Practice the same good oral health habits that you already do — brush and floss daily and have regular checkups with us.
- Does Not Harm Surrounding Teeth — One of my goals is to preserve your teeth as much as possible. Other replacement options require modifying adjacent teeth, while implants do not, making an implant a less invasive treatment.
Talk to Us
These benefits make a dental implant an outstanding option for replacing missing teeth. However, not everyone is a good candidate for one. I will need to determine if there are factors in place that would make a successful implant less likely, such as existing gum disease, too much bone loss, or existing medical conditions that would make healing too difficult.
I’d like to answer any questions you have about dental implants to help you determine if they are a good choice for you. Conveniently located in The Loop, we proudly serve the Chicago area, so call today for a consultation or appointment and get started on getting your healthy and beautiful smile back!