Are you concerned about a missing tooth but don't want to wear bridges or dentures? Dental implants provide a more natural, comfortable solution to tooth loss. Visit Dr. Michael Tisdelle, your Charlottesville dentist, for more information about this popular tooth replacement option.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants replace the root portion of a tooth. They're placed in a small hole drilled in your jawbone. Over the course of several months, the small titanium post bonds to the surrounding bone in a process called osseointegration. Once the implant fuses to the bone, your dentist connects a porcelain crown to it. The crown replaces your tooth above the gum line.
Why should I choose dental implants?
Implants offer several advantages that bridges or dentures can't, including:
Better comfort: Bridges or dentures rest against your gums. If they don't fit perfectly, they can irritate your sensitive gum tissue. Gum irritation isn't a problem with dental implants. In fact, they feel more like a natural tooth than any other tooth replacement option.
Excellent biting power: When you wear dentures, your biting power is reduced. Foods you used to enjoy, such as raw carrots or corn on the cob, become difficult or impossible to eat. Your biting power is unaffected with dental implants. You'll be able to bite and chew all of your favorite foods with no trouble.
A stronger jawbone: Roots don't just keep your teeth in place. They also provide the stimulation your jawbone needs to remain strong and healthy. Once a tooth is lost, the underlying jawbone begins to weaken and shrink. Over time, loss of bone in your jaw can put your other teeth at risk and cause your face to sag, especially if you've lost several teeth.
Lower cost: It's true that dental implants can be more expensive than other options initially, but over the years, implants actually offer the better value. Bridges and dentures must be replaced periodically, while implants only require a one-time expenditure.
Would you like to permanently replace a missing tooth? Call Dr. Michael Tisdelle, your Charlottesville dentist, at (434) 977-4101 to find out if you're a good candidate for a dental implant. Improve your smile with an implant!