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By Phil Hart, DDS
March 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Has a missing tooth completely changed your smile? It's hard to feel confident about your appearance when there's a implantgap in your teeth. Luckily, dental implants offered by your Bartlett, TN, dentist, Dr. Phil Hart, provide an excellent restoration option.

Why filling gaps is important

Missing teeth aren't just a cosmetic problem. The loss of one tooth can increase your cavity risk and affect the health of your jawbone. Your chance of developing tooth decay rises if your teeth begin to shift after the loss of a tooth. As they shift, they may overlap. Overlapping areas tend to harbor cavity-causing plaque, which can be difficult to remove no matter how thoroughly you brush. Adding a dental implant prevents your teeth from shifting and helps you avoid cavities.

Your tooth roots constantly press on your jawbone and help keep it strong. When you lose one or more teeth, jawbone resorption (shrinking) may become a problem. Resorption can lead to tooth loss and sagging facial muscles in the lower part of your face. Dental implants prevent resorption by constantly stimulating the bone.

How dental implants can help

A dental implant serves as the root for your brand new tooth. Just like your natural roots, implants are firmly attached to your jawbone, thanks to a process called osseointegration. The tiny titanium implants begin to osseointegrate, or bond, to the bone shortly after they're added to your jawbone during minor oral surgery.

Osseointegration usually takes about three to six months. After it's complete, your Bartlett, TN, dentist adds a connector called an abutment and makes an impression of your mouth. The impression will be used to create a crown, an artificial tooth that replaces your missing tooth above the gum line. When your crown is ready, it will be attached to the implant with the abutment.

Dental implants offer several important benefits, including:

  • Longevity: Your implant will probably last your entire life.
  • Comfort: Dental implants feel very much like natural teeth and don't move or slip when you chew.
  • Versatility: Replace one tooth, three teeth, or all of them with dental implants. If you're replacing multiple teeth, you'll need an implant-supported bridge or dentures.
  • Biting Power: Decreased biting power is an issue if you wear traditional dentures. Because your implant-supported dentures are firmly rooted to your mouth, you'll enjoy excellent biting power.

Are you ready to find out if you're a good candidate for dental implants? Call your Bartlett, TN, dentist at (901) 386-9299 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hart.