Lost A Tooth? You Have OptionsWednesday, February 25th, 2015, 4:52 pm
In years past, if you lost a tooth you really didn’t have any options. You could ignore the gap in your teeth or you could get a bridge. Today we have a wonderful option for replacing missing teeth – the dental implant!
Dental implants can be used to replace just one tooth or many. Dental implants can even be used to anchor full sets of dentures – no more slipping, sliding and watching what you eat.
A dental implant is a small titanium post that anchors in the jawbone and is used as a replacement tooth “root”. The implant will fuse with the bone creating a strong base for an implant crown or denture. In the case of a single tooth, the dental implant is placed and then a special implant crown is created that matches the fit, function and look of a natural tooth. Benefits of dental implants include:
- Routine brushing and flossing, just like caring for your regular teeth
- Replacement teeth look and feel completely natural
- No denture pastes or adhesives – ever
- Replacing teeth helps maintain the ability to chew and maintains the health of the jaw bone
Simply ignoring a missing tooth has serious drawbacks. The remaining teeth will move to fill in the gap causing problems with the bite which can lead to painful jaw joint problems. The bone in the jaw seems to work on a “use it or lose it” principle. If teeth (or implants) are not anchored in the jaw, the bone begins to recede. This leads to that sunken look you see in the faces of people who have worn dentures for many years.
Save your jaw and save your smile by replacing missing teeth with dental implants. Talk to Dr. Wilbanks at Wilbanks Smile Center about how dental implants can improve the health and beauty of your smile.
Contact us today at 706-391-8777 to schedule your consultation.