What exactly are dental implants?

Simply put, a dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth. They are made from either titanium or zirconia and we’ve had a lot of success using both. Should we decide dental implants are the right choice for you, we’ll happily walk you through the difference so you can make the best decision.

Once the implant is securely healed to the jawbone, it can serve as a solid foundation for attaching a natural-looking crown which replaces the missing tooth. The best part is that at the end of the process you’ll be able to chew like you did before and you’ll look like you never even lost a tooth.

Could dental implants be the right choice for you?

A lost or severely damaged tooth can affect your whole life. Beyond just being too self-conscious to smile, it can cause pain and discomfort that follows you all day long. No one wants to spend all day thinking about their teeth.

Dental implants serve as a potential (and very effective) option for replacing teeth.  Whether you need a single tooth replaced or all of them, dental implants are a great solution for restoring what has been lost, with a smile you’ll be proud of. Below are 5 benefits of dental implants.

They feel like your natural teeth

Once the crown is placed onto your dental implant, your bite and ability to chew should feel completely natural. In fact, many people can’t tell the difference between their implant and their natural teeth. One of the best things that can be said for dental implants is that you just might forget you have them.

A permanent solution

If placed and restored properly, a dental implant can last for the rest of your life.  Keep in mind, though, that the bone around your dental implants can still be lost to periodontal disease just like your natural teeth, so it is important that you continue to brush and floss routinely and keep regular preventative care visits with your dentist to make sure everything remains healthy.

Protect your healthy teeth around the implant

When you replace a missing tooth with a dental implant, the neighboring teeth can also benefit in several ways. With back teeth in particular, filling a missing space prevents them from shifting or tipping into the space where a missing tooth used to be. When that happens, it can create destructive changes to your bite and increase the risk of chipping or fracturing your healthy natural teeth.  

Dental implants can also protect healthy neighboring teeth by preventing the need to place a bridge to replace the missing tooth. Bridges consist of a crown on each of the teeth either side of the empty space and a replacement crown connected to them in the middle. If the teeth around the empty space are healthy, the last thing we want to do is damage enamel and cut them down enough to place a bridge.

Chew with comfort and confidence 

Dental implants provide a stable, non-removable replacement for a missing tooth. No matter what you eat, that tooth isn’t going anywhere. This makes dental implants a great solution over something like dentures or partials, which can come loose while eating or talking. Dental implants are about more than just a healthy smile, they are also about having peace of mind as you go throughout your day. 

Smile as wide and as often as you want 

A healthy, pain-free life is always our first priority. Having said that, a missing tooth can drastically affect your life in ways beyond just discomfort.  If you’re not confident in your smile then you just won’t smile. Don’t let a missing tooth rob you of your joy. We want you to laugh at every joke and fear no picture. You can have a beautiful smile!

Dental implants can be a life-changing option for those with missing teeth – but it isn’t the only or even best option for some people. That is why we make it a point to sit down and talk with every patient to discuss what is best for them.

If dental implants end up being the right choice for you, you’ll be happy to know it is an area of expertise here at Nashville Restorative Dentistry. We have the latest training and technology to ensure that the procedure goes predictably and the healing process goes quickly and easily.

Think dental implants might be right for you? We’d love to discuss your options for getting back the healthy smile you want. You can Ask the Doctors anytime!