Dental implants can help Burlington, ON, patients restore their smile and confidence
If you have a missing tooth or a tooth that needs to be extracted, it’s likely that you’re quickly considering your tooth replacement options. Many patients want to restore their smile quickly as a gap in the teeth can cause feelings of embarrassment or self-consciousness. Dr. Thelam Nguyen of Burlington, ON, has been helping patients fill the gap and restore their smile for many years with dental implants.
What are dental implants?
The dental implant replaces the root of the tooth. It’s a very small piece of biocompatible metal that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. As the jawbone heals, it fuses to the implant and becomes a secure foundation for a replacement tooth, or crown, which is attached to the implant.
Implants can be used to replace one, several, or a complete set of top or bottom teeth. Implants can also be used independently or in conjunction with other tooth replacement methods, such as dentures.
Comparing dental implants to other tooth replacement options
When patients begin to do their tooth replacement research, they often learn about dentures, crown and bridge appliances, and dental implants. While dentures and crowns and bridge appliances are effective treatments, implants offer several advantages:
- Implants are most like the natural tooth. Many patients just want to forget that they had a missing tooth. Once the jaw has healed and the implant is secure, the replacement tooth can be permanently attached. It will look and function just like your natural tooth. Patients can smile, speak, and eat their favorite foods with the same confidence they had before losing a tooth.
- Implants are strong and durable. Patients are often concerned about how losing a tooth will impact their professional or personal life. They worry about having to give up their favorite foods, or the replacement tooth coming loose during an important meeting. With implants, the replacement root sits inside the healed jawbone and the new tooth is securely attached. Patients don’t have to worry about speech issues or giving up their favorite foods.