Teeth can be lost for a variety of reasons, from injury to extensive decay. Missing teeth can be quite inconvenient. It can be difficult or painful to chew and speak, and it can make a person embarrassed of his or her appearance. There are many ways to restore missing teeth; for many, the best option is with dental implants.
Dental implants restore not only the visible portion of a tooth, but the whole structure of the tooth. A dental implant properly refers only to the hidden portion of the restoration that is placed in your jaw. This is a biocompatible post that replicates the function of the lost root. Once the bone grows around the post in the process of osseointegration, it becomes firmly secured and able to support a variety of restorations.
Dental implants can support single crowns to replace single teeth, a dental bridge to replace a few, and partial or full dentures. Each of these restorations is designed and built to mimic the shape, shade, and lustre of your natural teeth, so they will be indistinguishable from them. Crowns and bridges are permanent solutions that typically require no additional maintenance. They can last a lifetime. Implant-supported dentures provide greater stability than traditional dentures, although they are still removable for cleaning.
To find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants to replace your missing or damaged teeth, please schedule a consultation with Dr. H. Michael Long today. Everyone in our Tullahoma, TN, office is eager to help you have the full, strong smile you deserve.