A lost tooth can be a scary situation. Long gone are the days when a lost tooth was a happy sign of growing up out of childhood, and the one real difference that separates the two events is the knowledge that the second time around, the loss is permanent. Or is it? While your lost tooth cannot be replaced with a natural tooth, it can be replaced by the next best thing: a dental implant. Here to discuss a few benefits of dental implants is your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson.
Three Benefits of Dental Implants
- An incredibly stable tooth. A dental implant is composed of three parts: the crown, the abutment, and the post. The crown is the portion of the dental implant that is visible over the gum line. The abutment attaches the crown to the post, which is placed in the jawbone of a patient. The post acts as an anchor for the entire restoration, and because it fuses with the jawbone, it is a very strong base. Patients with dental implants can eat tough foods without worry.
- A natural look and feel. The advances in cosmetic dentistry have resulted in crowns that blend in artfully next to natural teeth, the result being that your restoration will not stand out as a prosthetic tooth. Below the gum line, the post will also give your restoration a natural feel as it resides in the jawbone just like a tooth’s root.
- Lower risk of complications. When a tooth falls out, further tooth loss and a reduction in jawbone density sometimes follow. These complications occur because the body stops sending nutrition to the area around the missing tooth when the root leaves the jaw. However, the titanium post restores nutrition, significantly lowering the risk of complications.
Dental Implants from Your Des Moines Dentist
If you have a missing tooth, don’t fall victim to the domino effect. Schedule an appointment or a consultation to discuss dental implants with your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Johnson, today by calling 515-223-9764. Our 50266 dentist office welcomes patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.