What Can I Gain with Dental Implants?
As a species, humans can be a little image conscious (some might argue obsessed). When a puma, mountain lion, black bear or cheetah loses a tooth, their first thought is most likely centered on how it will affect their ability to procure dinner (or at the very least the ability to fight off a pack of roving hyenas). When a human loses a tooth, the primary concern is typically on how it will look. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)
In addition to being one of the first things that we are judged on when people meet us, the health and appearance of our teeth is innately tied into our overall self-esteem and self-confidence. But as our neighbors in the animal kingdom can attest, there's more to our dental health than the way our teeth look.
What Happens to Your Gums When You Lose a Tooth?
Although dental restoration options like crowns, bridges, and dentures can replace the visible portion of the tooth, they do not replace the root. Healthy bone tissue in the gums eventually begins to erode over time, which can lead to everything from potential bacteria buildup and infection, to shifting and misalignment of the remaining teeth. TheWaukesha, WI based dentists at Complete Family Dentistry use implants to replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown, giving patients the best and most effective replacement option outside of a natural tooth. Once the implant is placed in the gum, it fuses with the surrounding bone tissue, forming a permanent anchor to the cosmetic replacement for the missing tooth below the gum line.
Learn more about dental implants in Waukesha
Whether you are missing one tooth or several, dental implants can replace all of your missing teeth, and help to prevent bone loss and other oral health complications to the gums. For more information and to find out if you are a good candidate for implants, call Complete Family Dentistry at 262-549-6850 to schedule an appointment with a dentist in Waukesha, WI today.