There are several problems that can be attributed to tooth loss. The easiest to point out is the problem of how it can affect your smile. Many people who have a gap in their teeth will feel self-conscious. There are also issues that affect your oral health, and your regular jaw function. Biting and chewing habits may have to be adjusted, and the unnatural jaw movements that result from this adjustment can cause discomfort. Your teeth next to that gap have less support, and face a greater likelihood of being lost as well. Using a dental implant to hold a replacement tooth can mean improving your smile; you can have a ceramic dental crown as a prosthetic, which has a life-like appearance. The implant will also help with the oral health troubles tied to tooth loss.
1. Keeping Your Replacement Tooth Permanently Anchored
A dental implant holds your replacement tooth in place permanently. That stability can be more comfortable, and helps you use your restoration in biting and chewing.
2. Restricting Movement From Neighboring Teeth
Your dental implant is placed in your jawbone – it occupies the same area that once housed your lost tooth root. Its presence limits the movement of neighboring roots, so you are less likely to have teeth shift, and better protected against tooth loss.
3. Preventing Jawbone Resorption
The problem of jawbone resorption is one that your dental implant can be vital to stopping. Without the tooth root, surrounding jawbone tissue can deteriorate over time. Having a dental implant placed can prevent this from happening.