For someone with one or two missing teeth there are basically two options available; one is a fixed bridge while the other is a dental implant. As a bridge requires the teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth to be altered, many dentists are of the opinion that to preserve the integrity of perfectly good teeth, dental implants in West Town are the favored option.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is actually a replacement root. The implant is made from titanium, a material known to integrate with bone. To complete the replacement tooth, once the implant and bone are one, which can take several months, an abutment is placed next and on top of that sits a crown.
Why are dental implants a great option?
There are a number of reasons why a dentist will suggest a dental implant, including:
* Stop teeth from moving: When a tooth is missing from the jaw there is a natural tendency for the teeth on either side to take move into the space once occupied by a tooth. Placing dental implants in West Town will keep the correct teeth spacing, avoiding any potential of long term orthodontics.
* Conservation of the jawbone: Without a tooth root, natural or otherwise, the jaw bone below the missing tooth will deteriorate. The longer you put off having implants the more difficult it will become as a result of a lack of bone.
* Preserve your appearance: When you lose one or more teeth and the jaw bone begins to deteriorate the result is usually a “sunken” look to your face, making you look considerably older than you are.
* Support of dentures: If you wear dentures you will know the problems; poor fit, restrictions to your diet, slippage, etc. Dental implants are the ideal solution; they provide anchor posts for dentures.
If you are missing one or more teeth there is little doubt that dental implants in West Town are a far better solution than a bridge or denture.
If you are missing teeth you may wish to learn more about dental implants in West Town. You are invited to contact Washington Dental Care.