There are many common reasons why a person might need to have a tooth replaced. For example, over time teeth can become worn down or decayed to the point that they need to be extracted. A tooth may also be lost if it is severely damaged. Regardless of why a tooth is lost, it is incredibly important to replace it as soon as possible. Dental implants are one popular solution.
If a tooth is lost, the other surrounding teeth have the possibility of migrating into the vacant space. This can cause serious problems with your bite and teeth alignment. In addition, a missing tooth can be incredibly embarrassing and inconvenient. Installing a dental implant can provide a lifetime of full function to the missing area.
Another reason many people choose dental implants is their cosmetic value. Other restorations can have unseemly visible metal components or look artificial. Implants blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. Crowns and bridges can be shaded to exactly match your surrounding teeth, and there are no visible metal parts.
Dental implants also require no special maintenance. They should be included in your regular oral hygiene routine, of course, including brushing and flossing twice daily. But if this is observed, implants can last a lifetime. If, however, a crown does become cracked or discolored, repairs or replacements are quite easy.
Dental implants really are a remarkably effective way to replace missing or damaged teeth. If you would like to learn more about them or want to schedule a consultation with Dr. John P. Poovey, please call JP Dental and Implant Center in Grand Junction, CO, today.