Living with a missing or failing tooth impacts your life in a number of ways. You may feel self-conscious about smiling or talking to people because of your missing tooth. You may also have difficulties eating and chewing the healthy foods you once loved.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is comprised of three parts including:
- The biocompatible titanium post, or the implant itself
- An abutment, which attaches the crown to the implant
- The implant crown, which is your new tooth
Implant treatment begins with surgical placement of the titanium post into your jawbone. The implant is then given time to heal and integrate with your bone. This creates a firm foundation for your new tooth, which Dr. Edwards will customize to match your existing teeth.
After the appropriate healing time, your crown is attached to your implant and you'll have a fully functioning tooth that closely mimics your natural tooth.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
The biggest advantage of an implant is that it protects the integrity of your oral health by replacing both your root and your tooth. Without a root, your bone begins to deteriorate, or resorb, which eliminates support for your remaining teeth and can lead to additional tooth loss.
Without a tooth replacement, your remaining teeth will shift into the open space, leaving them at risk for damage and fractures. A dental implant is the most reliable and best replacement you can choose for your missing tooth, as this treatment boasts a 95% success rate.
Dental Implants in Amherst NH
With your new tooth, you'll be able to eat, chew, smile, and talk as you were used to. Your implant is also easy to care for as you'll be able to brush and floss with ease. This also means you'll have great longevity with your tooth because, with regular checkups with Dr. Edwards and the right home care, your implant can potentially last a lifetime.
Want to learn more about how a dental implant can help you? Contact Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards, DDS today.