To the untrained eye, a dental implant looks no different than any other tooth. More importantly, they work and act the same as your natural teeth. The similarities make them the perfect long-term replacement for that missing tooth.
Why Should I Consider Dental Implants?
Missing teeth create dental issues if not replaced. If you leave the missing tooth ‘as is’, over time your remaining teeth will shift to fill in the gap, which could lead to crooked teeth, tooth decay or even bone loss. Not to mention, sunken cheeks are likely to occur which could add years to your appearance.
Fortunately, dental implants are designed to help you avoid these challenges. Dental implants prevent problems that typically result from losing teeth. Patients looking to avoid a crooked bite, tooth decay, or dental collapse benefit from dental implants.
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How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants act similar to your natural tooth. The complete tooth restoration consists of the implant, abutment, and a dental crown. In short, the implant resembles the tooth root. It is a titanium screw which is inserted into the jawbone. After inserting it, the implant gradually fuses to the jawbone. Once healed, the abutment is attached to connect the dental crown to the implant.