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When to Consider Getting a Dental Implant

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Losing a tooth can be a traumatizing event. Many adults experience missing teeth for a variety of reasons, from decay due to a cavity to injury from sports or an accident. The way you look affects how you feel, and a noticeable gap in your teeth creates an unappealing smile that nobody wants, in addition to added difficulties in eating and talking.

Plus there are the hidden costs of tooth loss, such as jawbone deterioration and over time, even face and lip sagging.

Thankfully, the innovation of dental implants over the past few decades for permanent artificial teeth has been one of the most beneficial technological advancements in modern dentistry. Dental implants are an ideal solution for many people to replace missing teeth.

Many dental patients who visit us at Floss Dental in Surrey have loose or missing teeth and the first thing they ask is what their options are to restore their beautiful smile so they can start living again. Learn about dental implants and when you should consider if a dental implant is right for you.

 

What are Dental Implants?

Think of dental implants as artificial teeth that offer the complete package. Dental implants look and feel like real teeth and are bonded to your jawbone through a process known as osseointegration while providing the stability of an actual tooth.

The implant part itself is made of titanium and looks like a screw; it acts as an artificial tooth root. A crown, the part of the artificial tooth you see when you smile, is attached via an abutment, or a connector, which is placed on the top of the implant above the gum line.

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Reasons to Consider Dental Implants

Many adults wonder if dental implants are right for them, and when you are missing teeth, deciding “should I get a dental implant?” is probably on the top of your mind.

The fact is, the majority of adults have at least one missing tooth, and the average adult over 35 is missing more than one tooth. If you’re thinking about dental implants but are worried you might be too old, remember, age is just a number, and adults of any age benefit from the convenience and durability of dental implants.

And as for the cost of dental implants, that can vary greatly depending on your needs. Implants are made of strong metal materials for quality and longevity, so the lifetime value of what you’re receiving is worthy of consideration. The dental professionals at Floss Dental in Surrey can discuss details with you and help you decide what tooth-replacement option is best for you.

1. Aesthetic Convenience of Tooth Implant

The biggest benefit of dental implants is their look and functionality. More reliable and durable than bridges or dentures, dental implants will make your smile look fully natural again.

2. Prevent Nearby Teeth From Shifting

When you have an implanted dental root in your gums, it will prevent other nearby teeth from shifting around in your mouth gradually over time, averting other complications later in life such as crooked teeth and oral health concerns.

3. Long term Solution for a Natural Fit

Because dental implants can last once integrated to bone, you don’t have to worry about them coming loose like a denture every day, and there’s no inconvenience of anchoring an artificial tooth on to neighbor teeth, like with dental bridges. Sometimes the screw which joins the implant and crown does get loose that can be easily tightened or replaced.

4. Protect Your Bones and Jaw

A long-term risk of not having a dental implant is that without a root below your gum line, there is nothing to keep pressure on the bones in your jaw and lower skull. As a result, your jawbone will slowly begin to shift downwards, causing your mouth and lips to droop.

 

Dental Implants at Floss Dental in Surrey

Floss Dental in Surrey offers single-tooth dental implants, full-mouth dental implants and implant-supported dentures to suit a wide variety of needs for each of our dental patients. Our Surrey dentists are happy to discuss your options and answer any questions about dental implants you might have. Call us at 778-565-3368 or request an appointment online.