Whether due to age or injury, tooth loss is something that many people will encounter at some point in their lives. Some people might lose just one tooth while others lose them all. Either way, it’s a good idea to consider the various ways to replace your missing tooth and restore your smile.
While it may take a few appointments, replacing missing teeth is the best option for the longevity of your smile. When a tooth is lost, the jawbone deteriorates in that area. The surrounding teeth have a tendency to shift, causing gaps and crookedness in your smile. This can eventually change the shape of your face and lead to other, more serious dental problems down the line.
A dental implant is used to replace the root of a tooth and stimulate the jawbone, so it doesn’t erode over time. Dental implants provide a sturdy base for artificial teeth and allow you to eat, drink, and speak normally without having to worry about your new teeth falling out.
An implant is a metal rod that is implanted deep into your jawbone. Once it heals, you can attach a crown or a row of dentures to the protruding end of the rod to restore the look and feel of your natural smile. Implants last a lifetime with proper care and provide a stable base to your artificial teeth.
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth, but they might not be right for everyone. Book an appointment with Dr. Gibson to talk about whether dental implants are right for your unique situation.