A dental implant is one of the popular ways dentists replace missing teeth. These oral prosthetics serve as artificial teeth roots, providing a base for an oral restoration like a crown and keeping the patient’s jawbone tissues properly stimulated. Implants prevent bone tissue loss in the jaw by transferring bite forces from artificial teeth, giving the jaw the stimulation it needs to be healthy.
Having a missing tooth can chip away at a person’s appearance and make them more self-conscious. Teeth are an important part of a person’s image, and their condition is often one of the first things people notice during social interactions.
Failing to replace a missing tooth makes you more vulnerable to dental issues like misaligned teeth. It can also limit a person’s ability to eat their favorite foods or pronounce certain words. Here are some of the reasons why patients should consider having their missing tooth replaced with an implant:
1. Prevents teeth from becoming misaligned
When a person has a gap in their smile, their remaining teeth might loosen and shift in an attempt to close the space. A full smile promotes good oral health since teeth help to keep each other stable when they are filling up their appropriate spaces. Teeth moving out of their proper alignment in an attempt to close a gap can lead to changes to a person’s bite, making them more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease.
2. Prevents changes to your facial structures
A tooth falling out leaves the area of the jaw it was anchored to without the regular stimulation it needs to remain healthy. Bone tissue there begins to breakdown and that can lead to the formation of wrinkles or a sunken look. Replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant helps to prevent all this. The patient gets to preserve the way they look.
3. Increases confidence
Missing teeth can lead to self-consciousness but replacing it can restore a patient’s confidence. Implants are designed to look just like real teeth, and they are color-matched with the rest of the patient’s teeth. That means people with implants can go about their day without having to worry about anyone realizing they have an artificial tooth. They can proudly display their smile knowing their implant blends in with their real teeth.
4. Restores function of the tooth
Teeth help to breakdown food before sending it down to the stomach. Missing a tooth might lead to a person not being able to chew on one side of their mouth, making it more difficult to get the nutrients they need daily. Teeth also play a huge role during speech. The tongue often pushes on teeth to pronounce certain words like those that contain the letter “T.”
Ready to restore the function and appearance of your lost tooth? Give us a call or visit our Phoenix clinic to set up an appointment with our dentist.
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