People respond positively to an attractive smile. They feel happier, smile back, and even make better decisions. Conversely, missing teeth, cavities, stains, and fillings can cause self-consciousness. They can make you feel like people are judging you for the poor state of your teeth. Dental implants make it possible to regain your smile and self-confidence.
Dental implants are medical devices surgically positioned into the jaw beneath the gum. They support artificial teeth, such as dentures, bridges, or crowns.
The dental implant system consists of the implant body and abutment. It may also include a fixation screw for the abutment. A dentist surgically inserts the implant body into the jawbone in place of the missing tooth root. The fixation screw usually attaches the dental implant abutment to the implant body. The abutment extends through the gum into the mouth to support the artificial tooth.
Natural teeth form roots in the jawbone when they develop. That provides the sturdiness and stability required for normal dental functions like biting and chewing. Implants are similar to natural teeth since they serve the same function. Once in place, they are not visible. They integrate with the jawbone and work like natural tooth roots.
A primary concern among patients is whether their dental implants will look and feel natural. When installed by a skilled and experienced dentist, the answer is almost always yes. Dental implants feel and look just like natural teeth. They are the most natural-looking option compared to other restorative treatments.
Trust Your Smile to the Most Experienced Hands
The most critical step to ensuring your dental implant looks convincing is to find a skilled and experienced dentist. Do not choose the first dentist you find on Google blindly. Do your research before scheduling a consultation.
All licensed dentists must perform at a certain level. However, some are more skilled in specific dentistry procedures than others. If you are looking for a good dentist, look for the following criteria:
Locally recognized practice and license.
Showcasing of previous work.
A dentist specializing in implants will have the tools and equipment required to create and make your implant look as natural as possible. Explore all your options during your implant assessment to ensure a natural feel and look.
When you lose one or more teeth, the bone and gums surrounding the gap slowly shrink since they are no longer gripping a tooth. The peaks of your gums will gradually shrink and smooth into the base of your gum.
If you experience bone loss, your gums may not grow back the same to fill the spaces between the dental implant and your natural teeth. So, replacing a missing tooth as soon as possible is best to make it easier to regain a natural look.
When you lose a tooth, you can experience complications like changes in your chewing patterns, defective speech, and rapid bone loss. Using a dental implant to replace a missing tooth can significantly improve oral health and quality of life.
For more on dental implants, visit Progressive Dental & Associates at our office in Matteson, Illinois. Call 708-980-0110 to schedule an appointment today.