April 2, 2017
Missing a tooth can be a big problem. At best, your smile looks unsightly with that obvious gap between your teeth. But a lost tooth can make your other teeth crooked, cause problems for your gums, and make your jawbone deteriorate.
That’s why you need to call our Kansas City, MO dental office today at 816-399-5539 and schedule your appointment for a dental implant. This restorative dentistry treatment is a modern, long-lasting way to replace a missing tooth. Thankfully, our dentists are highly trained and experienced at using them.
What Is A Dental Implant
A dental implant is a tooth replacement. It has three parts:
- A dental crown that serves as the natural-looking but durable replacement tooth.
- A titanium root that mimics your real teeth’s roots.
- An abutment that connects those two. This way, if the replacement tooth needs replacing, you don’t have to remove the root.
The dental implant procedure is straightforward and routine for our experienced dentists. First, the root is surgically implanted in your jawbone where the lost tooth was. Once this is healed up, the abutment is attached. Finally, the dental crown is connected to the abutment.
An Old Treatment With A Modern Accident
The idea of dental implants is actually quite old. There’s evidence that the Mayans tried to replace lost teeth with primitive dental implants made from seashells and minerals. These never worked right because they would not stay in the jawbone.
Eventually, a fortunate accident happened to make dental implants possible. In the 1950s, a researcher was studying how blood moves through bones. He implanted some titanium rods in a rabbit’s leg bone. Once he had his data, he tried removing those rods. To his surprise, they had fused with the bone tissue.
That’s surprising because no other metal does that. There’s something unique about titanium that makes it fuse with bone. Dentists soon learned of this fortunate accident and started using titanium as artificial tooth roots in dental implants. By using titanium, your dental implants will fuse with your jawbone to provide the same stability as your natural teeth.
Dental Implants Benefits
Obviously, your smile benefits from dental implants by filling in that unsightly gap. But there are other benefits as well.
Dental implants improve your confidence and self-esteem.
When you have a gap-toothed smile, it’s normal to worry about what other people might think when they see it. That can sap your confidence and make it harder to speak with others or make great first impressions. A dental implant will replace that missing tooth so your smile looks great again. This can give a needed boost to your self-esteem and confidence.
Dental implants replace your missing teeth for 20 years or more.
Dental restorations are not meant to last forever because nothing does. Even fillings often have to be replaced every so often. But when it comes to replacing a lost tooth, you certainly do not want to be doing this over and over again. A dental implant will normally last for 20 years or more. For some people, their dental implant is the last dental restoration they need for that missing tooth.
Dental implants make it easier to chew and talk normally.
You really need all your teeth to let your smile do its’ job. Missing a tooth can make it harder to chew, especially if you’ve lost one of your molars. But missing one of your front teeth can interfere with pronouncing your words clearly. Thankfully, dental implants can be used to replace any of your teeth. This can help you talk and chew confidently once more.
Dental implants prevent your jawbone from deteriorating.
When you chew, pressure travels down the roots of your teeth and stimulates your jawbone. That helps your bone tissue there stay healthy and strong. When you’ve lost a tooth, you’ve lost that stimulation as well, which means your bone tissue can start to deteriorate. Thankfully, a dental implant solves that problem. Because it includes a titanium root, you can get pressure traveling down it to stimulate your jawbone again.
Call us TODAY at 816-399-5539 or use our convenient online form to schedule your next appointment for a dental implant. Waiting can just lead to more problems. Because our dentists have such expertise in dental implant procedures, you can soon have your smile back.