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Dental Implants: The Top 7 Benefits

If you are looking for a way to replace missing teeth effectively, you might have heard about getting a dental implant. A dental implant is a treatment technique that involves placing a titanium screw in the jaw. Then, a porcelain cap is added to the top of the screw, acting as a permanent replacement for a missing tooth. We understand that you have questions about how to deal with a missing tooth, and we can help you with that. Learn more about getting a dental implant below, and count on the team from Mark J. Williamson, DDS, to help you.


1. A Dental Implant Is a Permanent Treatment Option

As alluded to above, one of the biggest advantages of getting a dental implant placed is that it is a permanent treatment option. Unlike other treatment options, which might only last for a few years, a dental implant is designed to last for the rest of your life. If you are missing multiple teeth, you might even be interested in getting multiple dental implants placed in your mouth. The good news is that every single one of these dental implants can be permanent as long as you take care of them appropriately. If that is something that sounds appealing to you, we would be happy to go through your treatment options with you.

2. A Dental Implant Can Prevent Bone Loss

If you are missing a tooth, there is no root anchored into your jaw. Without a tooth there, the bone in your jaw will start to resorb, meaning that your jaw could start to weaken. As the bone leaves your jaw, your facial appearance could change, and you might not like what you see. Without stimulation, your jaw will start to thin. One of the ways to prevent this from happening is to make sure there is another tooth that is anchored to your jaw. A dental implant can do exactly that. With a dental implant in your jaw, your bone mass should be preserved, and your facial appearance will remain the same.

3. You Can Eat Your Normal Diet

There are a lot of treatment options available, but many of them will force you to make changes to your diet. If you want to eat your typical diet, then you should think about getting a dental implant. Because a dental implant is designed to completely replace a missing tooth, it should do everything a normal tooth does. You don’t have to avoid hard or sticky foods, and the only thing you need to do is take care of the dental implant the way you would any other tooth. It does not cause a significant amount of disruption in your life.

4. You Can Match the Implant to Your Surrounding Teeth

A lot of people are concerned that the dental implant will stick out against the rest of your smile. The good news is that this is not necessarily the case. Before getting the dental implant put in, the dentist will work with you to make sure that the dental implant matches the surrounding teeth. If you want to whiten your teeth before you get the dental implant placed to make sure your smile is as white as possible, you can do that as well! Just remember that the dental implant will not stain with the rest of your teeth, so you need to take care of them!

5. A Dental Implant Will Not Get Cavities

In addition, you don’t have to worry about your dental implant getting cavities. Now, it is important for you to make sure you care for the implant the way you do the other teeth in your mouth, as you need to make sure the surrounding teeth are not damaged, but a dental implant is so durable that you don’t have to worry about it developing oral decay. It is very easy to take care of.

6. You Can Restore the Force of Your Bite

A dental implant is anchored to your jaw using a titanium screw that will essentially serve as a replacement for the missing tooth root. This means that you can bite down with the same amount of force that you would with your natural teeth. The other replacement options do not have the same beneficial impact on your bite force because they do not anchor to the gums and jaw, meaning that you do not have as much leverage. If you want to restore your ability to bite fully, a dental implant could be the way to go.

7. You Don’t Have To Damage the Surrounding Teeth

One of the major concerns that people have with other treatment options is that they may damage the surrounding teeth. It is not unusual for dental treatments involving missing teeth to have to anchor to other teeth in the mouth, which could damage the integrity of the enamel. This is not something that you need to worry about with a dental implant. The implant is anchored to the jaw, and the surrounding teeth do not need to be filed down or altered in any way. If you are looking for a treatment option that will preserve the rest of your teeth, a dental implant could be for you.

Count on the Team From Aria Dental To Help You Replace a Missing Tooth

If you want to replace one or more missing teeth in your mouth, a dental implant could be the answer. At Mark J. Williamson, DDS, we have a wide variety of treatment options available, and it would be our pleasure to talk about your options with you. We can review your oral history and conduct a complete exam to see if you are a candidate for a dental implant. Then, we can talk about the treatment process with you. We customize all of our treatment options to meet the needs of our patients, so give us a call today to make an appointment with a member of our team.