If you are considering dental implants to replace missing teeth, take some time to learn about how the procedure works and what the benefits of a tooth replacement procedure are.
A tooth implant is made of three key pieces: the titanium implant, an abutment, and the implant crown. The first step of the tooth replacement procedure involves placing the dental implant into the jaw bone. The titanium implant fuses with the jaw bone to create a secure connection much like your natural tooth and bone structure. Once full integration with the bone has occurred, the abutment is placed over the implant and the crown is positioned on the abutment.
Patients missing a single tooth may choose a fixed bridge for tooth replacement, but this can potentially damage adjacent teeth. Dentures run the risk of slipping or making unpleasant sounds when the wearer is speaking or eating. It is important to note that both of these tooth replacement methods have a 30 percent failure rate.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
There are several reasons why dental implants are an attractive option for replacing missing teeth. These include:
- Helps you maintain a natural looking smile
- Preserves bone tissue
- Allows you to speak clearly and with confidence
- Helps you enjoy the foods you love
- Preserves the positioning of nearby teeth
- Helps you maintain a comfortable oral environment
Dental implants help to preserve bone tissue and can also improve your overall oral and jaw health by stabilizing the jaw bone and restoring full function to your mouth. For these reasons, they are the preferred method of tooth replacement. For more information about dental implant procedures in Birmingham, AL, schedule your consultation with Dr. Kent today!