If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants may be exactly what you are looking for.
When someone has a big smile full of natural looking teeth, they tend to talk, smile, eat and laugh with confidence. Your teeth and your smile affect how you feel about yourself both personally and professionally. Dental implants look and feel like your own natural teeth, so much so, that you may actually forget that you ever had a missing tooth, and with proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime. Whether you are missing a single tooth, or need a complete set of teeth, the professionals at Cornerstone Dental in Knoxville, TN are happy to talk with you about what is involved with dental implants, and if they may be a good option for you.
It has been estimated that presently around 70% of American adults are missing at least one tooth due to trauma, decay, gum disease or congenital abnormality. When you are missing teeth, there can be a number of complications including the following:
- There can be a gap in your smile, which can leave you feeling unattractive
- It may affect your ability to chew properly – which can affect your diet and nutrition
- You may experience bone loss
- Even facial collapse or deformity which can cause you to look prematurely aged over time.
When people are missing teeth, many people consider doing dentures. However, there are many disadvantages to dentures including difficulty in speaking and chewing, the possibility of jawbone atrophy, increased sensitivity, and having an uncomfortable fit or dentures becoming lose.
Dental implants have many advantages including all of the following:
- Maintain Anatomy: Like natural teeth, dental implants stimulate the jawbone and prevent bone loss. This can help prevent retain your facial structure and prevent deterioration that frequently occurs with dentures.
- Keep Your Healthy Teeth: Typically, to secure a bridge or partial, it is necessary to grind down the adjacent healthy teeth. Dental implants do not compromise the health of neighboring healthy teeth like dental bridges or partials do.
- Freedom: Securely anchored dental implants do not slip or move at all. This provides a solid biting ability just like natural teeth. The superior comfort, reliability and complete freedom from embarrassment when dental implants are present compared to dentures is clear.
- Confidence: The worry-free results of dental implants can restore self-confidence and appearance resulting in an improved self-esteem and a brighter smile. Care and maintenance of an implant are very similar to properly caring for your natural teeth.
Some very common frustrations and problems that can accompany dentures, include:
- Dentures can fit poorly or uncomfortably, especially with changes in weight
- Commonly patients with dentures can experience increased sensitivity and gum irritation from exposed nerves
- With improperly fitting dentures, speaking and chewing can become an embarrassing challenge
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is the new standard of care for replacement of a tooth. They bond with healthy bone and provide permanent support for dental crowns and dentures. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth and can last a lifetime.
Dental implants are most commonly made by titanium or titanium alloy, not only because of the strength and but because it forms an intimate bond with human bones through a process called osseointegration.
Check out this informative video that does a great job in demonstrating the three parts of an implant. Specifically, the implant itself, the abutment and the crown.
At Cornerstone Dental Arts your entire dental team is under one roof. Our dedicated team of professional dentists work together and can provide you with everything you need for your dental implant from an extraction, to the surgical placement of the implant to the crown, and everything in between. Generally, there is no need to go to any other office. We would love to meet you, answer any questions you may have, and discuss your dental implant needs. Request an appointment here, or call 865-531-7117.