A dental implant is the perfect choice if a missing tooth affects your ability to chew or you're concerned about the way you look with a gap in your smile. Dr. Brian A. Stark and Dr. Thomas J. Dudley, your dentists in Menomonee Falls, WI at Avenue Dental Group, explain why you should consider this tooth replacement option.
Dental implants offer improved biting and chewing
The loss of a tooth can affect your ability to chew normally. If several teeth are lost, the impact can be severe and can even affect your bite. Implants replace the lost teeth, restoring your ability to eat your favorite foods without a problem.
Tooth loss can lead to oral hygiene problems
Your teeth spring into action after tooth loss and do their best to fill the empty space. Since they can't slide into the empty space, they'll start to lean into it. As you can imagine, when your teeth begin to lean, they tend to overlap, which makes it much more difficult to remove cavity-causing plaque. When you choose a dental implant, your surrounding teeth remain straight, making brushing and flossing easy.
Your jawbone stays strong with dental implants
Your tooth roots don't just anchor your teeth; they also provide constant stimulation needed to keep the underlying bone strong. When you lose a tooth, your jawbone eventually shrinks and becomes weaker. In some cases, this can lead to further tooth loss and facial sagging. Since a dental implant replaces tooth roots, your jawbone continues to receive stimulation and doesn't recede and weaken, even though you've lost a tooth.
Dental implants offer a permanent tooth replacement option
When your Menomonee Falls dentist places a dental implant in your jaw, the bone grows around it in a process called osseointegration. The implant becomes just as strong as your natural roots after it bonds to the bone and will probably never need to be replaced, unlike bridges and dentures. Implants offer a natural-looking, cost-effective option for tooth replacement.
Ready to find out if a dental implant is the right choice for you? Call Dr. Brian A. Stark and Dr. Thomas J. Dudley, your dentists in Menomonee Falls, WI, at (262) 251-6555 and schedule an appointment today. Revive your smile with dental implants from Avenue Dental Group!