October 19, 2016
When it comes to replacing a tooth, you have choices. At DeJesus Dental Group, you can replace missing teeth with restorative dentistry. One of the strongest and long-lasting treatments is a dental implant. When you get a dental implant, your smile is complete again. You’ll be able to chew, talk, and smile like you used to.
Here is why people love replacing their missing teeth with dental implants from either of our Connecticut dental offices.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a restorative dentistry treatment for missing teeth. At our Connecticut dental offices, you can get these to replace teeth you might have lost. Each dental implant has three parts:
- A titanium root that is surgically implanted in your jawbone.
- A replacement tooth made to look and feel like the one you lost.
- An abutment that connects the root to the replacement tooth. This way, if you ever damage your replacement tooth, you don’t need to remove the implant to remove the damaged tooth.
Why People Love Dental Implants
– Dental implants can lower your risk of gum disease and tooth decay by filling up the empty space in your smile. When one of your teeth is missing, that empty space can be a problem. Food particles can build up in that space, especially where the nearby teeth meet the gums. Harmful bacteria need those particles to live. The more they can eat, they more they can cause problems like cavities and gum disease.
A dental implant from our Connecticut dental offices will fill that space like a normal tooth does. Because of that, you won’t be at any higher risk for gum disease or cavities.
– Dental implants can make your smile whole again so you can smile with confidence. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants does have several health benefits. It even makes it easier to chew. But having a blank spot in your smile can easily be embarrassing. You might not want to smile for fear of showing off that gap. It just doesn’t look good.
By getting dental implants to fill those gaps, your smile will look normal and complete. Plus, the replacement teeth attached to the implanted roots look like natural, healthy versions of the missing teeth. Most people cannot even tell you had restorative dentistry.
– The implanted roots help prevent the bone tissue in your jaw from deteriorating. All of your natural teeth have roots. These extend into your jawbone. It’s what helps your natural teeth have such strength and stability. However, these roots do a second job.
Whenever you bite, pressure travels down the root and stimulated your bone tissue. This stimulation is a good thing. It helps keep your bone tissue healthy and strong. When you are missing a tooth and that pressure, your jawbone starts to deteriorate.
Dental implants come with an artificial root that mimics your natural ones. With a dental implant, pressure returns to stimulate the bone tissue, helping keep your jawbone from deteriorating.
– Mini dental implants can be used if your jawbone is thin or you need to replace smaller teeth. In order to get a dental implant, you need to have a good amount of healthy bone tissue. Without that, there is a risk of the implant failing. That means it will either not fuse with your bone or it could hurt you.
That’s where mini dental implants will work better. These are dental implants complete with root, replacement tooth, and abutment. However, the roots are much thinner than normal. Mini dental implants can be used where your jawbone is too thin.
These are also great for replacing small teeth. Many people have small teeth in the front of their mouths. A regular dental implant might be too big to fit there next to your other teeth. Since mini dental implants are thinner, they can often fit where regular implants cannot.
– Dental implants can hold your dentures securely in place. When you have to replace a single tooth, dental implants work great. If you need to replace most or all of the teeth on the top or bottom, getting that many single dental implants is impractical. That’s why dentures are common. You get a full arch of natural-looking replacement teeth so you can chew, talk, and smile normally once more.
Some people have trouble with their dentures sliding around a bit in their mouths. Plus, regular dentures do not stop your jawbone from deteriorating. To help with both problems, you can combine dentures with dental implants.
You won’t get a single replacement tooth here. Instead, several implanted roots will connect solidly with your dentures. This holds the dentures in place so they won’t move around or fall out. The implanted roots also stimulate your bone tissue, helping keep your jawbone healthy.