Whether you have lost a tooth due to an accident, gum disease or deterioration, it is important to replace the missing tooth with a dental implant right away to prevent cosmetic and functional damage to their remaining teeth.
Once you lose a tooth, your entire mouth is placed under stress; you have fewer teeth to chew your food with, and the teeth surrounding the missing tooth begin to shift and lean into the gap, leading to pain and reduced chewing efficiency. Most people who lose a tooth also become very self-conscious about their smile, leaving them feeling uncomfortable in social situations.
Thankfully, today’s dental implants are designed to look, feel and function just like your natural teeth, allowing you to enjoy the confidence that comes with having a full, healthy smile.
Dental Implant Basics
A dental implant is a strong, natural-looking replacement for your missing tooth and tooth root; it is made from hypo-allergenic, surgical grade materials including titanium for the root and durable, lightweight porcelain for the crown. Each dental implant is custom-made to ensure perfect fit, comfort and color matching with your existing teeth.
Why replace missing teeth?
A missing tooth does more than create an unsightly smile, it can cause serious long-term dental and health problems such as:
- Misaligned and shifting teeth, leading to further tooth loss
- Jaw pain and bone loss
- Painful chewing and reduced ability to chew foods
- Bleeding gums and gingivitis
- Decreased ability to eat healthy, whole foods such as raw fruits and vegetables
- Difficulty speaking
In some cases, patients who are missing teeth become depressed and withdraw from social situations to conceal their compromised smile, while others feel uncomfortable laughing and smiling.
How Dental Implants Can Help Restore You Health and Confidence
Thanks to recent advances in dental implant technologies and techniques, Dr. Songstad and his team can offer quick, permanent dental implants that are stable, comfortable and natural-looking. These dental implants are anchored directly to the jawbone to prevent any shifting of the prosthetic and the surrounding teeth while also protecting against jaw pain, bone loss and premature aging.
Because Dr. Songstad customizes each dental implant, your new tooth will look and feel perfectly natural, providing you with the confidence to eat whatever you’d like, smile when you want and laugh freely – without feeling self-conscious about your teeth!
The Dental Implant Process
Belle Meade & Green Hills, TN dentist Dr. Brent Songstad will assess your suitability for a dental implant by examining your mouth and discussing your desired outcomes. If a dental implant is the right solution for your missing tooth, Dr. Songstad will design your artificial tooth, taking care to match the shape and color with your existing, natural teeth.
Once the dental implant is made, Dr. Songstad will place it into your mouth, taking care to align it perfectly for optimal performance and appearance; you’ll then have a 6-12 week healing process followed by another appointment to check for comfort and bite alignment. Because there is no cutting of the gums involved, no stitches are required – this dramatically reduces complications and makes the entire procedure virtually pain-free.
To schedule your dental implant consultation and learn more about how you can enjoy natural-looking, comfortable dental implants, contact our office today. Smiles by Dr. Songstad serves patients in Belle Meade and Green Hills, TN.