Serving Choto, Northshore, and surrounding areas of Knoxville, TN
Have you lost any of your permanent teeth? If so, you’re not alone… far from it, in fact! According to data compiled by the American College of Prosthodontists, more than 120 million individuals in America have lost at least one permanent tooth. When it comes to replacing lost teeth, dental implants are the superior choice. A well-maintained implant can last the rest of your life, and no other tooth replacement option looks and feels more like a real tooth. Implant dentists in Knoxville at Choto Family Dentistry want you to know how a dental implant can benefit your other teeth.
A dental implant is the only self-supporting tooth replacement
Receiving a dental bridge or a partial denture to replace missing teeth all rely on your other natural teeth for some form of support. In a bridge procedure, a crown usually is placed on the neighboring teeth on either side of the space to help distribute the biting and chewing forces, and make sure the bridge does not experience a failure. Likewise, partial dentures usually require hooks and clasps that affix to adjacent natural teeth so that the partial remains in place. An implant, however, supports itself because the titanium implant screw is inserted directly into your jawbone. This implant provides stability and all the support needed to withstand biting and chewing forces, without increasing the burden on any of your other natural teeth.
Implants prevent the deterioration of your jawbone
Arguably the greatest advantage of receiving a dental implant in Knoxville to replace a lost tooth is that it is the only way to safeguard against the deterioration of your supporting bone structure. Otherwise, this is inevitable even with diligent oral hygiene. Your jawbone receives constant stimulation from the tooth root. Without that stimulation, the body begins a process known as resorption and your jawbone will start to weaken. This can affect the strength and stability of the adjacent teeth, making them vulnerable to being lost as well. A dental implant replaces the tooth root itself and provides that otherwise irreplaceable stimulation to the jawbone.
Implants help you maintain your dental hygiene
All you need to clean a dental implant is your toothbrush and floss. Because an implant is fixed in the mouth, you clean it by brushing it just like a real tooth. Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to ensure your other teeth remain healthy and free of cavities and gum disease.
Replace lost teeth with dental implants in Knoxville
Our dentists Dr. Darrel Clabough and Tommy Spears believe in doing whatever it takes to help you save your teeth. In the unfortunate event that you lose a permanent tooth, however, having a dental implant can help to protect the other teeth in your mouth from oral health problems associated with missing teeth. Click here to learn more about our dental implant procedures.
Want to learn more about the benefits of a dental implant to replace your lost teeth? Call our office at (865) 269-6688 to schedule your consultation.
Choto Family Dentistry welcomes patients of Knoxville, Tennessee, and the surrounding communities of Choto and Northshore.