Dental implants have been used to replace missing teeth since the 1950s. In that short history, they have quickly become the tooth replacement option that is most preferred by dentists and their patients. Dental implants provide renewed stability for biting and chewing, as well as an aesthetic appearance that most closely resembles a natural tooth. In fact, most people cannot tell the difference between a dental implant and one of their own teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth, then contact Collierville dentist Dr. Joshua Holcomb to find out if a dental implant might be your best option.
What is a Dental Implant?
The premise is really quite simple: a dental implant is surgically embedded in your jaw at the spot where there was once a tooth. Made of titanium, a biocompatible metal, the implant integrates with the surrounding bone structure. In fact, the process is called osseointegration, bone + integration. Once the implanted post and bone have fully fused, Dr. Holcomb attaches a tooth restoration, which can be a porcelain crown for a single tooth replacement or a crown and bridge, partial or implant-retained dentures for several missing teeth.
The Advantages of Dental Implants
In addition to offering security when you bite or chew, dental implants offer a number of other benefits. Without a tooth root to stimulate a healthy jaw, the bone begins to deteriorate. As a result, the structure of the face can change, giving a person a sunken and haggard appearance. A dental implant takes the place of that missing root and encourages health bone growth that maintains a more youthful appearance.
In addition, a dental implant helps keep surrounding teeth in their proper place. Teeth need each other to remain correctly positioned—one tooth aligns the next and so on. A missing tooth can cause surrounding teeth to shift, which may impact your bite.
Finally, there is the cosmetic advantage of dental implants. A missing tooth is actually hard to miss; you and everyone can see that gap in your smile. Some people even avoid speaking, smiling or laughing because they know what others will see. A dental implant supports a very natural looking tooth restoration so you once again have confidence around other people.
Call Your Collierville Dentist Today
For dental implants, Collierville, TN, residents trust the expertise of Dr. Joshua Holcomb. If you are dealing with challenges of missing teeth, call our office today to schedule a consultation. Our state-of-the-art dental practice warmly welcomes patients from all of the surrounding areas, including Pembrook, Germantown, Bartlett, Memphis, Olive Branch, and beyond.