There are times when anyone can experience tooth decay or tooth loss. You may have an accident, such as a car accident, that knocks out several teeth. You also may become very ill with a particular illness that causes rapid tooth decay and oral hygiene decline. Both of these situations end with a procedure to safely remove the tooth or the remaining pieces of a broken tooth. This procedure leaves you wondering what to do next. Dental implants may be an option. Consider these benefits of using dental implants as a tooth replacement option.
Natural Tooth Structure
One of the leading reasons a dentist will suggest using dental implants as tooth replacement deals with structure. The structure of a natural tooth begins in the gums. The tooth is grounded into the gums with the tooth roots. This gives a stable connection to the gum and allows the tooth to maintain health and structure. By using a dental implant, you are recreating that same natural tooth structure. The dental implant works similarly to the anchoring roots of a tooth provide. This anchoring makes the implant durable and allows you to maintain your normal and natural tooth structure appearance.
A dental implant is placed in the area a natural tooth once existed. When you have the dental implant placed, you are offering the same functionality your original tooth provided. You can chew the same and have general mouth function the same. Other options, such as dentures, may not offer the same function. This means they can slip during eating, cause additional pain, or may just simply offer a poor fit over time. The dental implant option stays in place and durable at all times.
When you use other options for tooth replacement, it can sometimes be obvious. This means that your smile may be an unnatural and lab-produced color. You may also have a different structure to your mouth after having the new tooth put in. For example, dentures and bridges can cause your lips to sit higher or look different when you talk. If this is the case, you may feel that cosmetically the tooth replacement was a bad choice. When you use a dental implant, you do not have to worry about these issues since the implant is taking the place of your existing tooth. This causes no change to the original structure or cosmetic appearance.
If you are experiencing severe tooth decay or if you have lost a tooth in a recent accident, visit your dental professional. Your dentist can view the area and determine if there are any additional steps they need to take to prepare the area for either healing or a dental implant. They can then walk you through the process and prepare you for dental implants and how to care for them.