Whether you lost a tooth due to decay or damage, a dental implant can help you rejuvenate your look and complete your smile. Implants have many benefits aside from their obvious aesthetic value, making them an interesting tooth replacement option for anyone. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. Jason Botts at Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a dental restoration made up of three parts: a fixture to replace the missing tooth’s root, a prosthetic tooth to replace the missing tooth above the gum line, and an abutment to hold the two main components together. A dentist or oral surgeon places a dental implant directly into the bone underneath your missing tooth. Thanks to its design, an implant can last a lifetime with the proper care.
Types of Dental Implants
- Single tooth implant: A single tooth implant uses one implant fixture placed into the bone to hold one prosthetic tooth in place.
- Multiple tooth implant: Multiple tooth implants span the space left by several missing teeth and use a dental bridge-like restoration held in place by two implant fixtures either side to fill in the gap.
- Implant-supported dentures: Implant-supported dentures replace all the teeth on an arch and are held in place by four or more implant fixtures placed throughout the arch. The denture is non-removable, allowing patients to eliminate soaking them overnight.
Dental Implants: A Smart Tooth Replacement Option
Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants replace a missing tooth’s root. This helps decrease the chances of the side effects of gaps in your smile, such as shifting teeth. Additionally, dental implants stimulate the bone in which they are placed, stimulating the area and decreasing the chances of bone atrophy, which causes the bone under a missing tooth to degrade and erode away.
For more information on dental, please contact Dr. Jason Botts at Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN and serving the Collierville and Eastern Memphis, TN area. Call (901) 737-2200 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Botts today!