Every dentist worth his or her salt tries to save a tooth whenever possible. Sometimes, due to excessive damage from injury or infection, that just isn’t possible. When a tooth is missing or has to be extracted, it is important to replace the tooth — not just for cosmetic reasons, but also to prevent further serious oral health issues later. Fortunately, there are many replacement options available, and one of the most recommended is the dental implant.
Why Choose a Dental Implant?
The most obvious benefit of an implant is that you will have an attractive smile again and can enjoy the food and drink you could before the tooth was lost. Because an implant so closely mimics a natural tooth, complete with a “root,” it retains the functionality and strength of the natural tooth. A titanium post that is implanted in the jaw bone serves as an anchor to the visible part of the implant, a natural-looking crown. This combination provides the stability, function, and appearance of a real tooth.
More benefits of the dental implant include:
Prevents the degeneration of the jaw bone — A missing tooth or long-term denture removes the pressure and stimuli needed to keep bone maintained, which, in turn, can lead to bone loss. Implants, because they are embedded in the bone, stimulate the tissue in the jaw bone, which helps to prevent additional bone loss, and they have been shown to actually promote bone growth.
Long-lasting and versatile — Properly cared for with normal brushing and flossing and regular checkups, a dental implant can last a lifetime. Whether you have one missing tooth, several, or even a whole mouthful, implants are a permanent replacement option.
Doesn’t harm surrounding teeth — Implants are less invasive than some other replacement options. While other options, such as bridges, may require modifying adjacent teeth, implants do not.
Looks and performs like a natural tooth — Self-esteem and self-confidence suffer when teeth are missing. With an implant, you can be confident in eating your favorite foods again, and you don’t have to hide your smile. With the stability of the post and the color-matched natural-looking crown, many people forget they even have an implant in place.
In some cases, such as when there is too much bone loss, severe gum disease, or other medical conditions, the dental implant may not be the right choice. However, in most situations, the implant is an outstanding option for replacing missing teeth. We are conveniently located in The Loop in Downtown Chicago, Illinois. If you have any questions about dental implants or need to make an appointment, contact us today.