Teeth form an integral part of our lives. They help with several functions of the mouth such as biting, chewing, phonetics, etc. They also help to maintain a pleasing appearance of the face by making the cheeks and chin look fuller. Losing a tooth or two can result in hindered oral functionality and displeasing oral aesthetics. Most importantly, it can lead to loss of self-confidence and make you feel too conscious of yourself.
Dentists all over the world believe that dental implants are the best replacement for natural teeth. Implants are a combination of metal and ceramic, making them highly strong and durable. The best part about implants is that they restore both oral aesthetics and functionality.
Dental implants consist of a hard and strong metal stud made from titanium. It has screw-like grooves on its surface which help to hold it firmly in position. The visible tooth crown will be made from dental-grade ceramic. It can be customized to match the exact appearance of the missing natural tooth in terms of color, texture, translucency, and contour. Both the implant stud and crown will be connected using a component called the abutment. In addition to these, dental adhesives will be used to bond them together.
When a tooth goes missing, the ability to bite and chew food will take a hit. Bonding an implant in its place will help to restore the functionality of the mouth.
When a tooth is extracted, a gap is left in between the teeth. This allows the teeth adjacent to the gap to drift from their orthodontically right positions and move towards the gap. This can give rise to malocclusion and also affect the facial shape. Restoring the tooth using an implant fills in the gap and prevents the drifting of teeth.
The aesthetics of one's smile would take a major hit if a frontal tooth is extracted. This can make them feel too self-conscious and uncomfortable with their appearance while socializing with people. Since an implant is made from tooth-colored ceramic material, it can be customized to mimic the exact appearance of a natural tooth. No one would ever be able to distinguish the prosthetic tooth from the natural ones when they see you smile.
In addition to these advantages, implants exhibit excellent stability, strength, durability, and longevity. With proper care, they are known to stay as good as new for several years together.
Schedule an appointment with Fred A. Knaysi, DDS and we’ll be able to guide you further. Call us on 804-737-1182 or request an appointment online.