There are several treatment options available for replacing your missing tooth. You could possibly get a dental bridge, a partial denture, or a dental implant. In your case, Dr. Huynh in Mesa, AZ may tell you that an implant is the best option.
What Are the Benefits of a Dental Implant?
Dental implants have become the go-to method for replacing teeth, and for good reason. They have multiple benefits which include:
- Being permanently fixed
Dental implants are permanently attached, meaning, there’s no need to remove them to eat, brush your teeth, or sleep. They become a part of you as much as your natural teeth are.
- Dental implants are a lifelong benefit
When taken care of properly, a dental implant has the potential to last the rest of your lifetime.
- Implants are a natural looking tooth replacement option
The implant itself is embedded in the bone, underneath the gum tissue, so it doesn’t get seen. The crown (tooth portion or “cap”) that fits over the implant is custom made with your smile in mind. Our professionals consider both aesthetics and functionality when designing and manufacturing your restoration.
- They feel like your own teeth
Your Mesa implant might even feel better than some of your natural teeth. When you run your tongue across it you may be surprised at how nice it fits into your smile.
- Implants function like your natural teeth
In addition to looking and feeling normal, implants function the same way as your natural teeth do. This aspect means you won’t have to alter the way you eat or speak in order to compensate for your implant.
- May increase your self-confidence
With the natural look, feel, and function of dental implants, you don’t have to worry about feeling self-conscious. You can enjoy your life and be confident. No one will ever know that you have an artificial tooth, so you’re free to smile as big as you’d like.
- Dental implants can replace more than one missing tooth
If you’re missing more than two teeth side-by-side, there’s no need to get multiple implants. We can strategically place a pair in the bone and have connecting crowns like a bridge. This is a great option because it will give you the same look as individual implants but save you extra money.
- Dental implants can help hold a full set of (denture) teeth in place
Dental implants can be used to help secure loose dentures in place. They can also help with gagging, because if the implants hold the denture firmly, you won’t need as large of a denture covering the roof of your mouth and making you gag.
There are multiple ways to incorporate this strategy. Typically, your denture will be made with buttons that securely snap over some attachments, where are connected to the implant attachments. The number of implants that will be needed in this case will depend on your situation. Anywhere from two to six is common.
- Implants have a high success rate
Dental implants are made from sterile, medical grade titanium. This material is very biocompatible and highly successful.
- This option preserves jaw bone health
When you have a permanent tooth removed, the jaw bone in that area starts to deteriorate. After a few years, the gum tissue (which covers the bone) will look sunken in. This appearance causes your face to draw up and wrinkles become more prominent. Placing an implant after a tooth is extracted will preserve your bone and help you maintain your youthful appearance.
- You can eat and enjoy your favorite foods
Unlike some other tooth replacement options, there are no food restrictions with dental implants. Treat it like you do your natural teeth and you can eat and enjoy your everyday favorite foods.
- No other teeth need to get involved
Years ago, a dental bridge was the most popular tooth replacement option. A bridge is a set of crowns that are connected together. In order for it to stay in place, the bridge must be cemented over the natural teeth adjacent to your gap. This means that our Mesa dentist has to permanently alter the shape of your natural teeth. This is not ideal if there is nothing wrong with these teeth to begin with!
Dental implants don’t require any physical alteration to your natural teeth.
Dental Implants in Mesa, AZ
If you think you may be interested in getting a dental implant, then you should visit Dr. Huynh, our dentist in Mesa, AZ. We’ll see you for a consultation and determine is an implant is a viable solution for your smile. Call today to get started!