Losing a tooth, or more, is never easy, but thanks to modern dentistry you don't have to endure a gap in your smile for very long. Not only can a gap be unsightly, but untreated, it can lend itself to other dental complications over time. Your dentist has at their disposal a number of procedures to restore your smile, they each have their benefits, but in many ways, dental implants often excel above the rest. Certain habits and conditions may preclude you as a candidate but they are overall a highly sought after and highly successful treatment for missing teeth. To learn more get in contact with Dr. Carol Cunningham and Dr. Daniel Jurgens of Gentle Art of Dentistry in Decatur, IL.
Correcting a gap in your smile isn't merely an aesthetic choice. The absence of a tooth can cause the surrounding teeth to shift into the empty space and create a sort of domino effect for the teeth that follow. Leading to possible crowding which in turn can make it difficult for you to thoroughly clean your teeth, and the gap itself serves as a trap for food. It can also alter your bite and can lead ultimately to headaches and an aching jaw. Dental implants can replace your missing tooth and keep complications from happening.
Alternative to Dental Bridges
The traditional treatment for correcting gaps has been dental bridges. They are an excellent choice for many, but a downside is that they depend on the healthy teeth neighboring the gap to support the new tooth. A dental implant, on the other hand, is a titanium post that is permanently bonded directly to the bone and serves as a root for the replacement tooth, or teeth. All of this without impacting other teeth.
Alternative to Dentures
If you are missing many teeth, employing a similar procedure to that described above, your dentist can apply an implant-supported denture. No longer would you have to worry about your dentures coming loose in your mouth and making it difficult to eat or speak comfortably. Dentures remain a viable treatment for many, but for some, getting used to wearing them can be challenging, that's where dental implants come in.
Natural Form and Function
Whether it's a single tooth or more, replacing them with dental implants returns to you a smile that looks and feels, and acts like your natural teeth. A lot of this has to do with the way dental implants work.
Dental implants permanently fuse with the bone, this is through a process called osseointegration. Then it's onto this very secure bond that a crown is attached, making for a smile that will last for decades to come.
Dental Implants in Decatur, IL
If you still need convincing, or if you just want to know if you're a candidate for the procedure, then it's time to make an appointment with Dr. Carol Cunningham and Dr. Daniel Jurgens of Gentle Art of Dentistry in Decatur, IL, by dialing (217) 422-7448.