Are you missing a tooth? It can cause you to become self-conscious when smiling or talking, but a missing tooth can also end up causing damage to your other teeth, and you may even start to develop jaw pain and problems. Dental implants are a great solution to replace missing teeth. Read on for more information about how dental implants can help you!
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is composed of three parts: the post, which is inserted into the jawbone, the abutment, and the restoration, which fits on the abutment. The restoration may be a crown (a replacement tooth), dentures, or a bridge.
The post, once inserted into the jaw, starts to bond with the bone. It can take months for the post and the bone to bond completely, but once they do it will ensure that your new tooth will be sturdy and will last a long time, as the post serves as the “roots” of your new tooth. It also helps to ensure that your new tooth will feel very natural.
Dental implants also look very natural – it is hard to distinguish them from natural teeth. You care for them as you would natural teeth, with a simple brushing and flossing. And, you’ll no longer feel self-conscious when smiling, talking, or eating.
Mini-implants are also an option. These are smaller than conventional implants and so are less expensive, and the procedure to get mini-implants is less invasive and doesn’t take as long as it does with regular implants. They may be used if the patient doesn’t have a lot of bone available to bond with the post of a traditional implant.
Implants have many benefits – they look and feel like real teeth, they are easy to take care of, and not missing any teeth means you will have healthier teeth, gums, and jaw bone. Implants can be used in most patients. If you are missing teeth, dental implants may be the solution for you! Call Soft Touch Dentistry for a dental implant consultation. Call the Brighton office at (617) 782-9250 or the Newton office at (617) 332-8146 today!