When you are missing a tooth, it impacts your daily life in many ways. Eating and chewing the foods you love becomes a challenge. You may also find yourself avoiding interactions with other people because of the appearance of your smile.
Did you know that your missing tooth is also affecting your oral health? When you lose a tooth root, your bone begins to resorb, or dissolve. This presents problems for surrounding teeth and can even change the appearance of your face.
Without a tooth replacement, your neighboring teeth begin to shift and move causing bite misalignment and a higher risk for developing jaw joint problems, gum disease, and tooth decay.
Replacing your missing tooth restores not only your confidence but also your dental health.
How a Dental Implant Protects Your Oral Health
Dental implants utilize a titanium post that is placed into your bone during a simple surgical procedure to replace your lost tooth root. Because titanium is biocompatible, it naturally fuses with your bone and becomes a stable part of your dental anatomy. It also works to keep your bone stimulated, and healthy just like your root did.
It takes a few months for your implant to heal and integrate with your bone. After this process is complete, Dr. Smith, your implant dentist in Oro Valley, will restore your tooth with a beautifully customized porcelain crown, which returns both function and aesthetics to your smile.
What Are the Advantages of Choosing a Dental Implant?
Besides protecting your oral health, dental implants offer numerous additional benefits for our patients.
- Implant dentistry is a very reliable treatment that offers a 95 percent success rate
- A dental implant provides the look, feel, and function of a natural tooth
- Dental implants offer excellent longevity since they can potentially last a lifetime
- Because of their durability, implants are a cost-effective investment in your oral health
Dental implants are also capable of replacing multiple teeth by supporting prosthetics such as dentures, partials, or a dental bridge. By choosing dental implants to support your bridge or denture, you will also receive the benefits of keeping the bone healthy, which will ensure that you get the most out of your prosthetic.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Dr. Smith is excited to provide her patients with this innovative treatment option. She can determine if dental implants are right for your needs with an examination and x-rays of your teeth and jawbone. She will guide you through the process each step of the way working closely with a trusted oral surgeon for the placement of your implant.
Don’t let missing teeth hold you back from your best life. We encourage you to contact SDW today to learn more about dental implants in Oro Valley and to schedule your consultation with Dr. Smith.