Preventing Tooth Decay To Maintain Healthy Teeth

3 Benefits Of Choosing A Dental Implant To Replace A Lost Tooth

If a tooth becomes severely decayed, you may be forced to have it extracted. Your dentist may give you the option of having the tooth replaced by a dental implant. Initially, allowing the extracted tooth to remain unreplaced may seem like the best option because it appears to be more cost-effective. A dental implant with an abutment and crown has an average cost of about $4,250.  However, dental implants offer benefits that are not available if just an extraction is performed. Here are a few of the advantages that are experienced when you choose a dental implant:

You can avoid dental misalignment.

If your teeth are extracted, a gap will be left in its place. This extra space gives adjacent teeth enough room to shift, which can result in dental misalignment that may require braces. 

For people who choose a dental implant, the device fills the gap left by the missing teeth, so the implant becomes a placeholder for the teeth that surround it.

You can prevent the atrophy of your jawbone.

Stimulation to the jawbone encourages the production of new bone cells. The stimulation occurs when a person masticates his or her food. The bite pressure that is applied to the food is transferred to the jawbone.

Once the tooth has been extracted, no bite pressure can be received by the missing tooth. As a result, the jawbone at the site where the tooth was removed from the socket no longer receives stimulation and the bone atrophies. The bone density may eventually be insufficient to properly hold the roots of the remaining natural teeth in place. Tooth loss may result. 

When a dental implant is selected, the bone continues to receive enough bite force to support proper cell production. The implanted screw transfers bite pressure just as the root of the missing tooth did.

Your smile is unaltered.

When a tooth is lost, the gap can change the look of your smile. A dental implant can leave your smile unaltered. After a dental implant is installed, a connector and a dental crown are applied. A dental impression is used to create the crown so that it fits seamlessly with your other teeth. In addition, the color of the crown is matched to that of the remaining natural teeth.

If you have one or more missing teeth, visit a dentist in your area. He or she can determine whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants.