The teeth help us with our everyday oral activities, such as biting and chewing food, talking, smiling, and also help us maintain a pleasing facial appearance. This would be disrupted when one or more teeth are extracted from the mouth, leaving a gap between the teeth. Both oral functionality and aesthetics would be affected due to it. Hence, dentists suggest you get a missing tooth restored with a prosthetic one at the earliest to avoid these drawbacks.
Dental implants are regarded as the best teeth replacement solutions for many reasons. They are composed of a metal implant stud and a ceramic tooth-like crown, which replace the tooth root and visible crown, respectively. The dentist will insert an implant in place of your missing tooth, which will look exactly like a natural one.
Excellent strength: Our teeth are held firmly in place with the help of tooth roots. Similarly, dental implants are held in place using metal screw-like implant studs, which give the prosthetic tooth the necessary stability and strength. You can bite and chew food without any hassle, and not worry about the implant sustaining damage. The presence of an implant stud holding the ceramic crown in place makes it the closest alternative to a natural tooth.
Long-term solution: Teeth replacement solutions like dental bridges and dentures have a life of approximately 5 to 10 years at best. After this period, they will have to be replaced with new ones. But, dental implants have a lifespan that is significantly longer. With optimum care and periodic adjustments, they are known to last upwards of 20 years.
Prevent bone loss: Dental implants completely bridge the gap left by a missing tooth. This prevents the shrinkage of the underlying jawbone, which helps to retain its shape and integrity. Further, maintaining a healthy jawbone prevents the adjoining teeth from shifting from their positions, thereby preventing a change in the bite.
Amazing aesthetics: The implant crown will be fabricated with such high precision that it would perfectly mimic the appearance of the missing natural tooth. The dentist will take photographs and digital scans of your teeth, which will be used as a reference for fabricating the implant crown. The best part about the crown is that it is resistant to staining. It will remain as good as new for several years together.
Improved speech: A missing tooth could result in slurred speech and a change in the phonetics. Getting the missing tooth replaced by an implant helps to restore the phonetics. The implant crown would have such an amazing surface finish that it would feel just like a real tooth in your mouth.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (925) 244-9770 to have a consultation with our dentist, and we will be happy to guide you further.