You look across the restaurant and see your friend arriving and a smile breaks out across your face until you remember that you’re missing a tooth. You quickly hide your smile and wave to your friend instead. Wouldn’t it be great to smile with confidence again? There are great options available for restoring your tooth and Dr. Chris Devlin can help you select the right one for your needs. Here are some of the benefits of getting a dental implant in State College over other treatment options.
Dental Implants Protect Your Oral Health
When you lose the root of your tooth, your bone no longer has anything to support. This causes it to deteriorate, or resorb. The process of resorption eventually changes the appearance of your face and eliminates the support system for your remaining teeth, leading to more tooth loss.
If you don’t replace a missing tooth, your healthy teeth begin to move and shift into the open space. This causes bite misalignment and increases your risk for sustaining fractures or other damage to your teeth.
It’s a good idea to replace a missing tooth as soon as you can in order to protect your remaining teeth and your oral health. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that restores both your tooth and your root. Your root is replaced with a biocompatible titanium post that integrates with your bone over time, while your tooth is restored with a porcelain crown.
Dental Implants Offer Great Function and Longevity
Because a dental implant closely mimics your natural tooth, you’re able to utilize it just as you did before your tooth loss. This means that you’ll eat, chew, and speak with confidence again. You’ll also be able to smile with a new tooth that’s aesthetically pleasing.
Brushing and flossing are also the same as before your lost tooth, so your implant is easy to care of. With excellent home care and regular brushing and flossing, it can last for many years and potentially even a lifetime.
Dental Implants Can Replace Multiple Missing Teeth
Dental implants are also capable of supporting dental prosthetics such as a bridge, denture, or partial, which means they can restore multiple missing teeth. They can be strategically placed into your bone to anchor a dental bridge, or support a full denture, which is designed to replace an entire arch of teeth. In fact, they offer a more secure fit than traditional dentures without any movement or slippage when you talk or eat.
Contact Dr. Devlin to Learn More
Would you like to know if dental implants are right for you? Give your dentist in State College a call today to learn more.