How Do Dental Implants Work?
Implants are placed into the space that your tooth formerly occupied. When the tooth is extracted, we often place a graft in the area because we need a healthy volume of bone present to place a successful implant. Once the area has healed from the extraction, we place the implant into the same area your tooth used to be. The bone requires a bit more time for proper healing so that we can place a crown on the implant that will be able to withstand the forces you place on it while chewing. Once the crown is on, you can go about life like normal.
Benefits of Dental Implants
When you lose a natural tooth, you lose more than a tooth. Your ability to chew is greatly diminished, adjacent and opposing teeth move into unhealthy positions, and important anatomy, such as the volume of bone, shrinks making everything more difficult. Besides that, your confidence and mental health are negatively affected due to having a gap in your smile. Dental implants prevent all of these issues. They restore the function and appearance of your teeth so you can chew and smile with confidence. Implants are also much more comfortable than removable dentures.