Missing or heavily damaged teeth can have a large impact on confidence and biting function. Whether you want to smile for pictures or eat your favorite foods, dental implants give your teeth the stability and natural appearance you need to enjoy the small things in life without worry.
How implants work
In a healthy tooth, a root anchors it to the jaw. This helps the tooth stay sturdy while biting and chewing while preventing erosion of the jaw tissue. When that tooth goes missing or is no longer functional, your jawbone begins to slowly deteriorate.
Unlike other solutions for a missing tooth, such as a bridge, implants not only replace the tooth but help prevent jaw erosion as well.
To simulate the job of the tooth root, a small hole is drilled into the jawbone where a metal implant is inserted. Once your jaw tissue has time to heal over the implant, an artificial tooth is fixed to the top of the implant. You’re left with a result that functions with the same strength and appearance of a natural tooth.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants as a treatment option, give us a call today.