Losing a tooth can be a distressing experience, but there's no need to live with a permanent gap in your smile. A dental implant will not only replace your missing tooth but also provide a few important oral health benefits. Fowlerville, MI, dentists Dr. Brian Petersburg, Dr. Brian Giammalva and Dr. Wendy Jativa explain how you can improve your smile with dental implants.
Dental implants transform your smile
The loss of even one tooth can have a significant impact on your smile and your self-esteem. It's hard to feel good about your appearance when you're missing a tooth. Dental implants fill the gap in your teeth, boosting your self-confidence in the process. Your new tooth consists of a titanium implant placed in your jawbone, a dental crown and an abutment that joins the implant and crown. Your new tooth will look almost identical to the tooth you lost because the crown is created from an impression of your mouth in our Fowlerville office.
Implants make eating easier
Dental implants and bridges only replace the visible part of your teeth and aren't rooted to your jawbone. Because of this, chewing with them may be a little difficult when you try to eat harder foods. Implants not only replace the roots of teeth but actually bond to your jawbone. Bonding ensures that your replacement root is firmly attached to the jawbone and capable of handling strong biting forces. No matter what you eat, your new tooth will never slip or irritate your gums.
Dental implants improve your oral health
Did you know that you may be at increased risk of cavities or further tooth loss after the loss of just one tooth? Your other teeth may begin to drift without the support provided by your lost tooth. If the teeth overlap, you may not be able to easily remove plaque, which may mean that you'll develop a cavity or two.
After you lose a tooth, your jawbone starts to shrink due to lack of stimulation from your tooth roots. Eventually, the bone may shrink so much that it won't be able to support other teeth, even if they're perfectly healthy. Dental implants will prevent drifting and keep your jawbone healthy by exerting constant pressure on it.
Fill those gaps in your smile with dental implants! Call Fowlerville, MI, dentists Dr. Brian Petersburg, Dr. Brian Giammalva and Dr. Wendy Jativa at (517) 223-8545 to schedule your appointment.