When you are a kid and you lose a tooth, you get a dollar under your pillow and a milestone checked off your development list. However, losing a tooth as an adult is no fun. It can hurt your confidence and cause you to hide your smile from others. Unfortunately for many adults, trauma, disease, or poor brushing and flossing habits can cause the loss of permanent teeth.
When patients of Dr.
Terry Vines of Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry lose a tooth, they have several options for replacing it. Implants, bridges, dentures, and crowns are all options that will be discussed. Patients who wish to have a restoration that most closely resembles and functions like the original tooth often choose dental implants, which offer several more benefits:
Implants last a long time.
Essentially, a dental implant is a replacement tooth root made of titanium and inserted directly into your jawbone. Over a period of several months, the jawbone grows around the implant and fuses to it. Once that process is complete, an artificial tooth will be secured to the post. With the right oral care, the implant can last for many years.
Implants give support to the surrounding teeth.
It is important to replace missing teeth because without a replacement, the nearby teeth have no support and can shift or move. Sometimes, the face can begin to droop without the proper supporting structure. Additionally, dental bridges require that the surrounding teeth be reduced to create room for the appliance to be set. With implants, the surrounding teeth are left intact and healthy.
Natural look and complete function.
Each crown that is secured to an implant is created exactly for the person receiving it. It is custom made to be a precise match in shape and color. Your friends and coworkers will never be able to tell that it’s not an original tooth. Furthermore, once the implant heals and the crown is placed it will have the same strength and function as your original tooth. You can eat whatever foods you would like and speak just as crisply as before you lost a tooth.
If you’re thinking about how to replace a missing tooth, call Dr. Terry Vines. The team at Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry helps patients in the Colton area find the right solution to give them back the smile they’ve been missing.