When your tooth is failing or missing, it presents daily challenges that most of us take for granted. Eating the foods you would normally enjoy becomes challenging, while talking and smiling in front of others may leave you feeling self-conscious or embarrassed. If this sounds all too familiar, Maple Grove Family Dental, your dentist in Evansville canhelp! Read on for more information.
Missing Teeth and Oral Health
You may not even realize it, but your missing tooth is also affecting your oral health. Without a root, your bone has nothing left to support and it will begin to deteriorate. Without a tooth, your healthy teeth will begin to shift into the open space, putting them at risk for fractures and other damage. This can also cause your bite to become misaligned, which contributes to jaw joint disorders such as TMJ.
What is a Dental Implant?
There are many ways to replace a missing tooth, however dental implants have quickly become the gold standard in the world of dentistry. This is because they protect the integrity of your oral health by restoring both your root and your tooth. A biocompatible titanium post is surgically placed into your jawbone, and this is the implant itself, which creates a stable foundation for your new tooth. Most patients are surprised at how smoothly the procedure goes, as it’s completed with a general anesthetic. Your implant will be given a few months to heal and integrate with your bone before your crown is placed.
Your tooth will be restored using a dental crown comprised of high quality porcelain that Dr. Melanie White, your cosmetic dentist in Evansville, will custom design to complement your smile. Your crown attaches to your implant with an abutment, and now you have a fully functioning new tooth. This means you’ll be back to eating, chewing, talking, and smiling with ease once again.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
A dental implant helps to keep your bone healthy and stimulated, while keeping your teeth from shifting. It’s easy to care for, as you’ll be back to brushing and flossing normally again. Your implant offers great longevity, as with the right home care and regular dental checkups it can potentially last a lifetime. This also makes it a sound investment in your oral health.
Contact Our Office Today
Dr. White can determine if you’re a candidate for dental implants during a thorough examination and x-rays. Dental implants in Evansville do require that the patient be in good overall health and have enough healthy bone structure to support them. Dr. White is happy to discuss all of your tooth replacement options with you if dental implants aren’t in your future.
Give us a call today to learn more.