Missing teeth are pretty common. Some get so badly decayed that they have to be extracted. Others fall out when gum disease gets so bad that they become loosened in the socket. And some get knocked out in sporting or traffic accidents. Whatever the reason, the loss of a single tooth does not seem all that bad when compared with what needs to be done to replace it. Or is it? Dental implants in Sutton Coldfield have a range of benefits that make filling the gap left by the loss of a single tooth very appealing.
In Sutton Coldfield, dental implants are available from various dentists, including the Dental Care Partnership. It is important to find out as much as possible about the implant process when going for an initial consultation. But let’s take a look at why implants make such good replacements for single missing teeth.
The advantages of dental implants
Firstly, dental implants are far less daily hassle than a partial denture. This is a removable false tooth on a plate that has to be taken out to be cleaned. Dental implants replace the root as well as the crown, and the artificial crown, which is handcrafted from colour-matched porcelain to blend in seamlessly with the surrounding natural teeth. These crowns never leave the mouth and can be kept clean with careful brushing and flossing, just like natural teeth.
Having an artificial root in the jawbone helps keep the neighbouring teeth in place. Without that root, there is more of a chance that the teeth will start to drift about and can even come loose in their own sockets and fall out. Replacing a tooth with a dental implant also restores full biting and chewing power, which is not possible with bridges or dentures.
Single implants help keep the jawbone healthy too, providing the stimulation that the bone requires to renew its cells. Without that stimulation the area where the tooth root was actively dissolves itself, and the gum starts to recede. Neither of these things lead to a good look, and that final benefit of having dental implants, they look good and they stay still. This has huge psychological benefits as patients who have had dental implants will attest.