When you have a gap in your smile from a lost tooth, you’re facing a few problems at once. Sure, that smile of yours now looks worse, but there are dental health implications as well. For example, your other teeth will get crooked as they slide towards that gap. Cavities and gum disease can still happen near that space as well until you get a replacement.
Call our Leawood, KS dental office today at 913-945-1612 to schedule your next appointment for a dental implant. Our Leawood dentists are well trained and experienced in using this dental restoration. That means you can safely and efficiently get your smile back thanks to a dental implant.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are restorative dentistry treatments. That means they restore (or repair) your smile to how it’s supposed to be. In this case, you’ll get a natural-looking but durable replacement tooth in that gap. This gives you your old smile back.
All dental implants have three parts:
- A dental crown that serves as the replacement tooth. It will look, act, and feel like one of your natural teeth, and once placed, people will have a hard time knowing it’s a replacement tooth.
- An artificial root made from titanium. Since your natural teeth have roots extending into your jawbone, it makes sense to have an artificial root surgically placed in your jawbone. This gives your dental implant the same strength and stability as a natural tooth.
- An abutment, which is just a connector holding the replacement tooth to the artificial root. This is done so that, should your replacement need to be changed out for any reason, our Leawood dentists don’t have to touch the root implanted in your jawbone.
By calling S&G Family Dentistry today, you can get the closest thing to regrowing a lost tooth. Our Leawood dentists have extensive training in dental implants to help them place the implant and replacement tooth just right.
The Lucky Accident
Some form of dental implant has existed for a long time. In fact, the ancient Mayans tried using crystals as a primitive dental implant. But the problem was how it should stay. Nothing would bond with the bone tissue in the jaw, so those early dental implants would keep falling out.
But in the 1950s, a scientist made an accidental discovery. To study how blood flows through bones, he had surgically implanted some tiny titanium rods in a rabbit’s leg bone. Once done, he went to remove them — but the rods had fused with the bone tissue. No other metal will do this, only titanium.
When dentists discovered this, they realized its potential. That’s why modern dental implants include a titanium artificial root. It will fuse with your jawbone and give you the power and security you want from a tooth.
What Dental Implants Do For Your Smile
Sure, the obvious benefit to getting a dental implant is how it fills in that gap in your smile. Having all your teeth back is a good thing. But here are a few other benefits you might not have thought about.
If you wear a shirt that’s stained or has a hole in it, you can easily feel embarrassed about how you look. That’s similar to what it’s like when you have a gap-toothed smile. You can worry about what others might think when they see that dark space, and that can sap your confidence. But when you get a dental implant from our Leawood dentists, your confidence can go back up.
Those tooth roots do more than provide stability. They allow pressure from chewing to reach the jawbone. This stimulates the bone tissue there, making it stronger. So when you’ve lost a tooth, you’ve also lost that stimulation and your jawbone deteriorates.
But by calling our Leawood, KS dental office today, you can get closer to stopping that deterioration. That’s because a dental implant includes an artificial root, allowing pressure to stimulate the bone tissue and help keep your jawbone stronger.
LASTS AROUND 20 YEARS
Nothing lasts forever, but you want a dental restoration that you won’t have to replace for a long time. That’s exactly what you get with a dental implant. Because it’s the closest you can get to regrowing your old tooth back, your dental implant should last 20 years or more.