When it comes to replacing a missing tooth, you want something that excels in both form and function, which certainly describes a dental implant. At Grace Dental Group, Woo Young Lee, DDS, offers dental implants to patients in San Francisco, California, allowing them to chew, speak, and smile with ease. To learn more about the advantages of a dental implant, call the Fillmore District office or request an appointment using the online scheduler.
A missing tooth represents far more than a gap in your smile. When you lose a tooth, you also lose the roots that go down into your jawbone to hold your tooth in place. These roots signal to your body that the area is active so the bone continues to regenerate and rebuild itself. With the loss of a tooth and its roots, your body registers the inactivity and discontinues rebuilding the bone in the area, which can lead to progressive bone loss in your jaw, causing your neighboring teeth to shift out of place.
Above your gumline, a missing tooth, depending upon the location, can also have a serious impact on your ability to chew and speak, which makes replacing that tooth a priority.
And, yes, a missing tooth isn’t doing your smile any favors, so cosmetic concerns make the list of reasons why it’s important to replace a missing tooth.
While there are several options for replacing a missing tooth, none match the dental implant in terms of stability and ease of care. With a dental implant, your dentist at Grace Dental Group places a titanium post into your jawbone where your natural bone grows up and around it, fusing it into place.
Your dentist then caps the post with a crown, which fits in seamlessly with your existing teeth as it’s made from materials like porcelain and ceramic, which mimic the color and strength of your natural teeth.
The superior stability that the implant post provides means you don’t have to worry about a replacement option that shifts out of place or requires removal and cleaning every night.
For all intents and purposes, a dental implant is like your natural tooth and you should take care of it as you do your other teeth. Your dental implant is a permanent replacement option and can be brushed, flossed, and rinsed like normal.
To explore whether a dental implant is the best replacement option for your missing tooth (or teeth), call Grace Dental Group or use the online booking tool to set up an appointment.