Are you missing a tooth? A dental implant can replace that missing tooth and help your smile to look fantastic, which can help you to look and feel more confident. But there are other benefits to getting dental implants that you may not even know about. Read on for some other great reasons to consider a dental implant!
What is a dental implant?
There are three parts to a dental implant: the post, the abutment, and the tooth. The post is made out of titanium and is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. It is anchored into the jaw bone, and after a few months the bone will grow around the post to secure it. The abutment is attached to the post to securely hold the new, replacement tooth (called a “crown”).
What are the benefits of a dental implant?
Because the jaw bone and the post need time to bond together, the entire process for getting a dental implant can take some time. However, this is just about the only negative to getting an implant. Some of the benefits include:
• Implants look and feel just like your natural teeth. Because they fuse with your jawbone they are permanent and they are very durable.
• Most patients report very little pain when getting a dental implant – it is typically about the level of having a tooth pulled and can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication.
• They are more comfortable and more convenient than dentures. Often, dentures may not fit properly, which can cause discomfort and problems with eating and speaking. Removable dentures can also be a hassle to deal with day after day – they require adhesives to keep them in place and take a bit of extra effort for cleaning, unlike implants, which you simply take care of as you do your other teeth.
A brand-new amazing smile is just one reason to consider a dental implant. You may be surprised how an implant not only improves your smile but your quality of life. Contact the experts at Hampton Dental Associates in Milwaukee for a dental implant consultation. Call (414) 464-9021 today!