Tooth loss negatively affects your dental health, the appearance of your smile, and your self-esteem. If you have missing teeth, it may be recommended that you have a dental implant or a bridge placed to restore your smile. These solutions are different, but a dental implant offers more benefits in the long run. Why choose a dental implant over a bridge? Our dentist in Reno, NV, explains here.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a post – generally made from biocompatible titanium – that screws into the jawbone and replaces the natural tooth root. This artificial tooth root fuses to your jawbone and a crown is then placed on top of it to replace your missing tooth. A dental implant restores biting and chewing functionality while building the health of your jawbone!
Why Not a Bridge?
A bridge is a restoration that matches your natural teeth and usually replaces several teeth at once (it bridges the gap caused by missing teeth). While a bridge is a good option to complete your smile, a dental implant offers benefits beyond just filling the gap. A dental implant offers the following benefits:
- Permanently restores natural chewing and biting functionality
- Improves facial appearance by filling in space that may have caused hollowing of the cheeks
- More aesthetic, natural appearance
- Encourages jawbone growth & strengthens the supporting structures
- Brush and floss normally
- No strain on your teeth
Dental implants are also a great option to replace a single missing tooth, though you can also have multiple dental implants placed. In some cases, you may need a graft to restore the jaw in order to support a dental implant. However, as long as you are a candidate for an implant, you should consider the long-term benefits of this treatment.
Treatment & Recovery Time
As having a dental implant placed is a minor oral surgery, aftercare procedures will have to be carefully followed for proper healing. It can take a few weeks for the implant to fuse to the bone and for your mouth to heal completely. After the implant is placed, it is best to eat soft foods and rinse with warm saltwater. An NSAID can help relieve any pain. When properly cared for, a dental implant can last a lifetime!
Contact Our Dentist in Reno, NV, for More Information
To get in contact with our friendly team at Atencio Dentistry, call our Reno office today at 775-298-6108!