Losing a tooth can have a tremendous psychological impact, especially if the front teeth are lost. The unequal pressure can also affect the bite and make it difficult to chew. Thanks to modern dental technology, however, natural teeth can be conveniently replaced with artificial tooth and root. The restorative structures are called dental implants. Implants restore fallen, chipped, or damaged teeth and offer the functionality and appearance of a natural tooth.
A dental implant includes a metal stud, typically made of titanium, that acts as a root. It is placed in the jawbone and allowed to fuse with the bone naturally. On top of the titanium stud, a connector is fixed to hold the artificial tooth in place. The artificial tooth is popularly made of ceramic or zirconia. They are both sturdy and can be made to match the natural color of the teeth of the patients.
Implants are the perfect fix to missing teeth. They offer more than one advantage, as mentioned below:
Strength: Since dental implants are made of hard material like titanium, they are so strong they last a lifetime. They offer optimum strength to the dental prosthetic, i.e., the dental crown, and prevent it from getting dislocated or falling out while eating.
Prevents Malocclusion: Malocclusion is a condition wherein the “bite” is misaligned. This can happen not only due to the empty space created by the missing tooth but also adjacent teeth that tend to shift towards the gap. If left untreated, moving these teeth back and installing implants at a later point in time could be difficult.
Avoids Bone Loss: If there is no root to hold the jaw bone together, the bone will gradually lose its mass. The loss in volume of the bone can cause the face to sag.
Prevents Gum Disease: Food can get trapped in the space created by the missing tooth and pile up over a long period of time. Bacteria will start acting in the space and lead to gum disease while also damaging the enamel of the adjacent teeth.
Perfect Restoration: Implants are the ideal solution to missing teeth. They perfectly match the texture and color of the tooth. Nobody would be able to tell that the tooth is artificial even on taking a close look.
Don’t let a missing tooth affect your self-esteem. Book an appointment with us to restore your teeth structure with an appropriate treatment plan. The implant treatment could take 3-4 appointments over the course of a few months based on the status of your teeth and gums.
Call us at (408) 946-0777 and book an appointment today to restore your beautiful smile at our office in Milpitas, CA.