Dental implants fill in the gaps from missing teeth and offer other benefits, as well. In addition to restoring your smile, dental implants also restore normal biting and chewing functions and the normal shape of the face by providing support for facial muscles. Dental implants are a durable and permanent tooth replacement option. At Cary Implant and General Dentistry, Dr. Kirk Wilkie, Dr. Vic Turner, and Dr. Joey Pesicek are your Cary, NC, dentists for dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth and their roots. They look and function just like natural teeth so only you and your dentist will know you have dental implants. Dental implants consist of a metal post, which is the actual implant, an abutment, and a dental crown. The metal implant is placed below the gum line and functions as the tooth root. It is drilled into the jawbone and permanently fuses to the bone over time, which helps it anchor the dental crown in place.
The crown is placed on top of the implant above the gum line and serves as the replacement tooth, while the abutment joins the crown and implant together. Once the process of placing the dental implant and crown is complete, only the crown will be visible and no one will be able to tell it is not a natural tooth. Your Cary dentist can help you decide if dental implants are the right tooth replacement choice for you.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Missing one or more teeth can have implications beyond just an incomplete smile. Natural teeth and their roots provide support for facial muscles and bone structure. When teeth are missing, the facial muscles can begin to sag, giving the face a droopy appearance. Additionally, missing roots can lead to shrinking of the gums and jawbone. Missing teeth can also affect speech, as tongue placement when speaking will differ when there are gaps in the mouth.
When teeth are missing, the surrounding teeth take on the work of biting and chewing for the missing teeth. This puts additional strain on those teeth, which can cause them to wear down quickly. A full set of teeth restores normal biting and chewing functions by evenly distributing the workload across all teeth. These are just some of the many benefits of dental implants. Other benefits include looking completely natural and permanent placement without the need for dental adhesives. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
There are many benefits to choosing dental implants for filling in the gaps in your smile where teeth are missing. To find out if dental implants are an option for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Wilkie, Dr. Turner, or Dr. Pesicek, your Cary, NC, dentists, by calling Cary Implant and General Dentistry at (919) 481-0330.