When you lose a tooth or multiple teeth, you must fill the gaps, not just for the aesthetics of your smile but also for your oral health. When you don't replace a missing tooth or teeth, the remaining teeth in your mouth may begin to shift, causing bite misalignment.
A misaligned bite affects your ability to chew, the function of your jaw, and other areas of oral health, so replacing the initial missing tooth can actually help prevent a cascade of dental issues.
Additionally, the roots of our teeth provide stimulation to our jawbone, helping to create healthy bone growth. Without that stimulation, the jawbone can begin to deteriorate.
Fortunately, dental implants offer many patients an excellent solution to missing teeth, including unique benefits. Since we surgically place dental implants in the jaw, they mimic the natural tooth root, stimulating the jawbone. They are the only tooth replacement to stimulate the jawbone in this fashion, making them the most similar replacement to a natural tooth and a top tooth replacement choice for many dentists.
Benefits of Dental Implants
As mentioned above, dental implants can help you preserve your jawbone, which is a significant benefit. However, dental implants offer many additional benefits, including:
After we place the dental implant in your jaw, we wait for your jawbone to integrate with the dental implant. This process is known as osseointegration, and it creates fantastic security for your tooth replacement. You'll never have to worry about an implant falling out!
With proper maintenance and careful attention to your oral health, a dental implant can last a lifetime. However, the artificial tooth attached to the implant, generally either a dental crown, dentures, or a bridge, will require eventual replacement.
Easy to Maintain
Your dental implant doesn't need much extra attention. Simply brush and floss your teeth as you would usually and see your dentist for routine dental cleanings and exams. Keeping your remaining teeth and gums healthy is the main goal and the best way to preserve your dental implant.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
When you visit the Dental Center of Florence to replace missing teeth, we will carefully examine your dental situation to ensure that dental implants provide the best possible solution for your problem.
To support an implant, you'll need sufficient bone mass in the jaw. During your exam, the dentist will check your bone density, among other factors, to determine whether dental implants are ideal for you. If bone density is an issue, it may be possible for the dentist to perform a bone graft, adding density to the jawbone, before adding the implant.
The procedure should be comfortable for you as we will numb the entire area during your dental work. We also offer sedation dentistry options for patients who need added relaxation. Our Florence dental office provides nitrous oxide (better known as laughing gas), oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation.
If you have any questions about the initial consultation or the dental implant placement procedure, please contact our helpful team.
Discover Dental Implants in Florence, KY
If you need a dentist in Florence, KY to place your dental implant, you have come to the right practice. Our experienced dentists, Dr. Keith Laws and Dr. Laura Herfel, and our associate dentists, offer exceptional dental care, including tooth replacement with dental implants.
We know how important a complete, functional smile is to your everyday life, and we would love to help you restore your missing teeth.