A dental implant is a fixed (non-removable) treatment option used to replace a missing tooth or teeth and is an alternative to a dental bridge or denture. Of all the ways to replace missing teeth, dental implants look and feel the most like natural teeth while also being strong, safe, and durable. We understand that having a dental implant placed may not exactly sound like a walk in the park, but dental implants are actually able to placed comfortably and efficiently with today’s advanced techniques and technology.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO REPLACE MISSING TEETH?
At Family Roots Dentistry, we like to think of teeth like books on a bookshelf. If you remove a book and do not replace it, the other books will tip and shift around. Similarly, when a tooth is removed and not replaced, the remaining teeth can tip and shift around. When teeth shift out of their normal position, this puts you at an increased risk for gum disease and bone loss as well as cavities. Teeth shifting can also cause an imbalance with your jaw joints, leading to discomfort as well as premature ‘wear and tear’ on your remaining teeth (including chipping or breaking teeth).
WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?
A tooth is made up of a crown (part of the tooth above the gums) and a root (part of the tooth below the gums). Similarly, a dental implant has 3 different parts to closely mimic the crown and root of a tooth:
WHAT ARE REASONS WHY A DENTAL IMPLANT WOULD BE RECOMMENDED?
For more information or to find out if dental implants might be the right treatment option for you, please call us at (815) 318-0620 or contact us here.