If you have a missing tooth, you know what a nuisance it can be. A lost tooth throws off your entire bite, leading to shifting teeth, discomfort when you chew, and even a loss of confidence.
Fortunately, we offer a state-of-the-art solution for the problem of missing teeth – dental implants.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant replaces a missing tooth with a tiny biocompatible titanium screw, which is surgically placed into your dental bone structure. As the implant heals, it actually integrates with the bone to become a permanent part of your anatomy.
This “artificial root” is then restored with a crown or a prosthetic like a bridge – or even a denture.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Dental implants do cost more than other tooth replacement options, but they also have a number of significant benefits.
For example, while a bridge can fill in the gap and complete your smile, it doesn’t solve the problem of bone loss. The relationship between your dental bone and your roots is an important one; the bone holds the root in place and the root stimulates the bone to continuously renew itself so it stays healthy. When you lose a tooth, this process comes to an end. Without the stimulation of the root, the bone begins to resorb, becoming diminished and losing density.
This sets off a chain reaction. As the bone weakens, other teeth start to become mobile. Eventually, you are likely to lose more teeth and the cycle continues.
Since a dental implant is placed directly into your bone, it actually functions like a natural root, restoring the relationship and helping to maintain your bone density and, by doing so, protecting your other teeth.
In addition to this important function, dental implants are also the restoration that most closely mimics the look and feel of a natural tooth. We restore your implant with a crown that is designed to blend in beautifully among your other teeth, and you care for an implant the same as you would for your natural teeth.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you are missing one or more teeth, we urge you to contact our practice today to schedule a consultation and evaluation with Matt Ebert, DMD. Dr. Ebert will examine your teeth, take x-rays, and evaluate your overall health. He will also discuss both your long-term and short-term dental health goals. At Brigham Dental Care, you are in the driver’s seat. We listen carefully to your needs and your preferences and then help find solutions that are right for you.
Even if you are not a candidate now, there are procedures that can strengthen your bone so that you may be a candidate for dental implants in the future. We are happy to work with you and review all of your available option so that you can make informed decisions.
Call us today to schedule your dental implants consultation at our Morristown dental office!