Sometimes missing one or more teeth can affect your daily life by making it hard to eat. Other times, missing teeth can make you self-conscious about your smile because of the gap you see everyday. Whatever the reason you don't like your missing teeth, a dental implant may be a good replacement option for you. Dental implants are the closest thing to a real tooth that we have now, and through advancing technology, they have become easier to place and more successful.
Replacing a tooth with an implant consists of several parts. First an implant will be placed into your jawbone. This sounds like an intrusive surgery, but it is actually tolerated well by our patients and causes only mild discomfort, which can be handled effectively with an over-the-counter pain medication. The implant is usually made of titanium, a strong, bio-compatible material that will integrate with your existing bone. This process usually takes several months. This is an essential part of successful dental implant treatment. Finally, after the implant has healed and integrated successfully, we can restore the function of the tooth with a crown, bridge, partial denture, or denture.
How to Choose Effective Tooth-Replacement Options
There are several ways to replace missing teeth, and each have specific pros and cons to them. Dr. Kerr likes to discuss all of the options available to help you make the decision that best fits your needs. If you are missing a tooth and the neighboring teeth are healthy, the best way to replace it is with a dental implant. With an implant, we don't have to prepare the adjacent teeth like in a bridge, and there is nothing attached to the teeth like in a partial denture. This will have the least effect on the neighboring teeth and give them the best chance of survival.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Many patients choose dental implants because of their benefits. Dental implant provide cosmetic benefits such as blending with your natural smile. They look and function like a natural tooth. Health benefits include keeping your remaining teeth from shifting by filling in the gap in your smile, helping to retain bone structure, and they are convenient and easy to take care of. Dental implants also allow you to eat all of the foods you love without the worry of anything shifting while you chew. Since they are rooted in your jawbone, dental implants are extremely stable.
Contact Us for a Dental Implant Consultation
Please call Kerr Family Dental in Osceola to schedule your implant consultation today. Dr. Kerr will perform an exam and x-rays to make sure an implant is the right fit for you and your lifestyle.