3 Reasons To Choose A Dental Implant To Replace Your Lost Tooth

Sometimes, a tooth is too severely decayed to save it. In addition, a tooth may be lost from trauma. However, whether a tooth is extracted or knocked out, a dental implant is often a suitable replacement option. Here are a few reasons to choose a dental implant to replace your lost tooth:

Shifting Teeth

Teeth can begin to shift if there is additional room in your mouth. Once a tooth is lost, a space is left. This space allows adjacent teeth to migrate out of position. Once the teeth have migrated, orthodontic options, such as braces, maybe needed to return the teeth to their proper positioning.

Still, dental migration can be avoided if a dental implant is installed in the place of the missing tooth. The implant becomes a placeholder for the adjacent natural teeth. Each dental implant replaces the root of the tooth as well as the tooth crown.

Maintenance of Jawbone Density

Once a tooth is lost, it is no longer able to transfer bite pressure to the jawbone. This is important because the bite pressure stimulates the jawbone and causes new cells to be produced. Once the jawbone is no longer receiving any stimulation, it begins to shrink or atrophy. This can result in such a low bone density in that area that other teeth can become loose in their socket.

Unlike other tooth, replacement options, such as a dental bridge or dentures, dental implants are installed into the jawbone. The implants, like natural teeth, transfer pressure to the bone for stimulation.

Closest Aesthetically to a Natural Tooth

When a dental implant is installed, the dentist drills a metal screw or rod into the jawbone. Over time, the bone fuses with the implanted screw or root to form a stable artificial root for the prosthetic tooth. Still, the screw alone is not enough to replace the missing tooth. Once the screw is stabilized, a connector or abutment is affixed. Then, a dental crown is added to complete the restoration of the missing tooth.

The dental crown is often made of porcelain or porcelain-over-metal so that the translucency of the material mimics that of natural tooth enamel. In addition, the dental crown can be colored to match the color of the other teeth in the patient's mouth precisely.

Before the crown is placed, the gums around the tooth are prepared using a device that contours them so that the dental implant looks even more natural. With other prosthetic dental appliances, such as dentures or dental bridges, the false teeth that are suspended slightly above the gum line.

If you are interested in having a dental implant installed to replace a missing tooth, contact a company like Colerain Denture Center.