A dental implant not only replaces a missing tooth, but it also offers several important, oral health benefits. Doctors Chetna Desai, DDS, and Nancy Goldberg, DDS, of Desai Dental Care in Ellicott City, MD explain how dental implants can help you.
Dental implants get to the root of the problem
An implant doesn't just cover the gap in your smile; it actually replaces the missing tooth root. Titanium implants look like tiny screws, and your dentist creates a small hole in your jawbone and places the implant inside. During the next several months, your jawbone will grow around the implant in a process called osseointegration. Once the process is complete, the screw will be just as strong as your natural roots.
Implants feel great
Dentures and bridges rest against your gums, and painful irritation can occur if they don't fit perfectly. You won't have to worry that your replacement tooth will slip or irritate your gums when you choose a dental implant. Once your Ellicott City dentist is satisfied that your implant has completely integrated with the surrounding bone, she'll attach a connecting piece, called an abutment, to your implant. A natural-looking crown will be added to the abutment during the last phase of the dental implant process. Since the crown is firmly attached to the implant, it will feel just like a natural tooth. You'll be able to eat anything you want with your new implant, even nuts and hard foods.
Dental implants prevent jawbone loss
Your jawbone begins to recede and weaken after the loss of a tooth, which can lead to facial sagging and even loss of other teeth, in some cases. Because implants constantly stimulate the underlying bone, just as natural teeth roots do, your jawbone stays strong and healthy.
Implants help keep surrounding teeth in good shape
Teeth tend to try to fill a gap and gradually drift toward the opening that was created when your tooth was extracted. When this happens, your teeth can start to overlap. This not only affects your bite, but can also increase your risk of tooth decay. When teeth overlap, toothbrush bristles and floss can no longer reach every surface, and cavity-causing plaque can form.
Interested in learning how dental implants can benefit you? Call Desai Dental Care in Ellicott City, MD at (410) 480-9111 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Desai or Dr. Goldberg. Restore your perfect smile with implants!