Normal daily activities become a challenge when you have a missing tooth. Things that we take for granted, like chewing the foods we would normally enjoy, becomes difficult. Smiling at a friend feels embarrassing. A missing tooth not only takes a toll on your confidence, did you know that it’s also affecting your oral health? The good news is that there’s an excellent solution for you, and Dr. King Scott can help! Today’s standard for missing teeth is a dental implant in West Monroe.
Missing Teeth and Oral Health
When you have a missing tooth your confidence is not the only thing that’s diminishing, so is your oral health. Without a root, your bone has nothing left to support and it will begin to deteriorate. Without a tooth, your healthy remaining teeth begin to shift into the open space. Teeth that shift cause a misaligned bite, which can contribute to jaw joint issues such as TMJ. Your teeth may also be at risk for fractures and other damage. If you don’t replace a missing tooth, you’re definitely on the path for more tooth loss.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is comprised of three essential parts. A titanium post is surgically placed into your jawbone, which takes the place of your root. This not only creates a stable foundation for your tooth, it also keeps your bone stimulated and healthy. After the appropriate healing time, a porcelain crown, which takes the place of your tooth, is attached to your implant with an abutment, and this completes the implant process.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants have quickly become the industry standard for replacing missing teeth. Implants are a successful and reliable treatment, boasting a 95% success rate. The secret behind their success is they replace both your tooth and your root, which protects the integrity of your oral health. This is a benefit that no other replacement option can offer.
You’ll also enjoy all the function you had with your natural tooth. You’ll be able to eat, chew, brush and floss with your implant tooth as you were always used to doing. Implants offer great longevity, as with the right home care and regular dental checkups they can potentially last for a lifetime.
Dr. Scott offers comprehensive implant care, which means that he handles both the surgical and restorative aspects of your treatment. You’ll be able to complete your implant in the comfort of our West Monroe office from start to finish, surrounded by the team you know and trust. Contact our office today to learn more about how dental implants can restore your smile and your oral health.