Remember losing a tooth as a child?  Back then, it was no big deal; after all, you could look forward to getting a dollar from the Tooth Fairy, plus you could rest easy knowing that another tooth would grow in its place.  When you lose a tooth as an adult, things are a bit different.  As an adult, you won’t have any more teeth to grow into that empty spot and a missing tooth can be rather inconvenient.  Not only does it ruin your smile, it can also affect your bite and make eating more difficult.  If you have a missing tooth, ZDental would like to tell you more about dental implants, which may be exactly what you need to fill in that gap and get your true smile back!

How Do Dental Implants Work?

When you undergo a dental implant procedure, a titanium rod is inserted into the jawbone, where it remains covered by the gums for 3-5 months.  During that time, it will fuse to the bone, giving your new tooth a solid attachment point.  An impression of the area will be used to create an artificial crown with the same appearance as your original tooth, or the new tooth can be made to correct any imperfections.  When this crown is installed on the titanium rod, it will look, feel, and perform just like a real tooth, and because it’s firmly implanted in your jawbone, you won’t have to worry about it falling out.

Why Choose Dental Implants?

There are a number of reasons why a dental implant would be a better choice for you than some other types of dental restorative work, like crowns, bridges, dentures, and other appliances.  First, all of the aforementioned appliances have the potential to fall out or to have food particles become lodged underneath them.  In addition, dental bridges often require your healthy teeth to be shaved down to create a solid attachment point.  Both crowns and bridges can be difficult to clean and they may not exactly match the appearance of natural teeth.  And as any denture wearer knows, these appliances can (and frequently do) fall out, which can be embarrassing.  Dental implants eliminate all of these negatives.  Because they are firmly implanted in the jaw, they are unlikely to fall out, and they’re not uncomfortable like dentures.  They also look and feel just like your natural teeth, so over time you won’t even notice them anymore.  Finally, dental implants last much longer than other appliances and restorative work; if you take good care of your implant, it should last a lifetime!

If you’re interested in dental implants, talking to your dentist is the first step.  For residents of New Jersey and the Philadelphia area, ZDental has five convenient locations to serve you.  Visit our contact page to find the location nearest you and call us today to find out more about dental implants, or any of the other services we offer, including emergency dentistry.  You don’t have to live with missing or damaged teeth; dental implants could be the solution you need.  Call ZDental today to find out if dental implants are right for you!