A missing tooth is more than just a gap in your smile. Unfortunately, it can compromise your oral health and even the strength of your surrounding teeth. Dental implants are a permanent, durable option to replace missing teeth so your confidence and your health don’t have to suffer. Visit White Oak Dental: Ted Thomas, DMD, in Silver Spring, Maryland, for expert restorative dentistry with dental implants. Learn more about the benefits of dental implants and book your first appointment with Dr. Thomas online or over the phone.
A dental implant is a permanent, artificial tooth. Unlike traditional dentures that are loose and removable, a dental implant is fitted into your jawbone. It’s made of a metal rod that fuses to your jaw and topped with an artificial tooth, called a crown.
Dental implants are popular options to replace one or more missing teeth because they provide a stable base in your jaw and they look just like natural teeth. A dental implant gives you the freedom to eat your favorite foods and speak without the discomfort of dentures or the embarrassment of a missing tooth.
Your teeth, gums, and jawbone work together to help you chew, talk, and use your mouth. When a tooth is missing or severely damaged, it changes the way your mouth works. Other teeth must compensate for the missing tooth, and your jawbone can begin deteriorating without stimulation from the tooth’s root.
A dental implant fills the gap left behind by a missing tooth. It rebalances pressure among teeth as you chew, and it gives your gums something to grow around. Since an implant is placed in your jawbone, it stimulates healthy bone growth, which helps keep your remaining natural teeth strong.
Your dental implant can replace a single missing tooth, or it may be used to secure a bridge to replace several missing teeth. Implant-retained bridges are generally more comfortable and more stable than more traditional restorative dental treatments.
A dental implant requires a surgical procedure to place the rod in your jawbone. Dr. Thomas generally places the implant rod in one office visit, and you return after a few months to get the crown. Since dental implants require surgery, it’s important to follow the dental team’s guidelines for recovery.
Practicing good oral hygiene habits is particularly important when your dental implant is healing. Keeping your mouth clean helps promote healthy gum and bone growth to ensure your implant remains strong.
After your implant is completely healed, you’ll care for it along with your natural teeth by brushing and flossing twice a day. With regular visits to the dentist and a strong oral hygiene routine, your dental implant can last for decades.
If you have a missing tooth, a dental implant can improve your oral health and enhance your confidence. Book an appointment at White Oak Dental: Ted Thomas, DMD, online or call the office today.