Dental implants complete Germantown smiles
God gave most of us at least 28 adult teeth. When even one is missing, it is obvious in the smile and in function. While dentures and bridges remain viable solutions, today’s patient in the Germantown area has a long-term option with dental implants.
Importance of tooth replacement
You can live with a missing tooth, many, or all of them. However, the impact is far-reaching:
- Missing teeth can make it hard to communicate, causing a lisp or letting spittle fly. Edentulousness can make it virtually impossible to be understood.
- Each tooth has a special shape, size, and placement that aids in chewing. Missing teeth may cause you to give up foods you love; eliminate healthy items such as fresh produce, nuts, and whole grains; or result in digestive problems from improper chewing.
- Gaps allow remaining teeth to shift. This creates overlaps and spaces that trap food, making it tough to clean teeth, even with diligent brushing and flossing. Harmful oral bacteria thrive, fostering tooth decay and gum disease.
- Appearance, self-esteem, and the perception others have of us are important, too. Missing teeth affect how you feel about yourself and how others see you.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root. In brief, well-planned oral surgery performed by Dr. Amechi Echetebu, this small, titanium screw is placed into the jaw. The soft tissue incision heals quickly, and over time, bone fuses with the implant, anchoring it solidly in place. Then the tooth is restored by cementing a porcelain crown to the implant abutment.
Benefits of dental implants
A stand-alone implant restoration feels and functions like the tooth it replaced, and it is undetectable in the smile. Implants are versatile, as well. Two implants can be used to secure a fixed bridge, replacing up to five missing teeth in a row. As few as four implants anchor a denture for level of comfort and stability not possible with a floating prosthetic. Best of all, with good oral hygiene and regular checkups, dental implants can last many years – possibly a lifetime.
Schedule an appointment at Dental Care of Germantown to find out if dental implants are right for you – (901) 472-7474.