If you have lost a tooth (or multiple teeth) there are several dental options available to replace what has been lost. Options could include dentures, implants, or a dental bridge. Each of these options have their pros and cons, but let’s look at why Dr. Dean Dietrich and his team at Pleasant Dental® in Dolton, IL view dental implants as a great choice for anybody seeking to replace a missing tooth or teeth.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant consists of 3 main components. First is the implant itself, which is a tiny post (usually made of titanium) that is surgically imbedded into the jawbone. This implant serves as a mount to which an abutment is placed. An artificial tooth can then be secured to the abutment for a look that appears completely natural to anybody who sees it. At Pleasant Dental®, Dr. Dietrich refers this minor surgical work out to a trusted surgeon, so they can use their surgical expertise when placing the implant.

Benefits of a Dental Implant

Let us look at why so many dentists are preferring dental implants over other options for replacing missing teeth.

  1. Facial Appearance – When a tooth is lost, the jawbone can begin to deteriorate over time as there is no more stimulation where the tooth once existed. This can cause a change in your facial appearance, causing a sunken in look. A dental implant can preserve your natural face structure and save your jawbone.
  2. Jawbone Preservation – Your jawbone depends on tooth roots for blood flow and stimulation. Without this, your jawbone will eventually begin to diminish. A dental implant is a great replacement for a natural tooth root.
  3. Teeth Kept in Place – When gaps are created in your smile by missing teeth, the rest of your teeth will eventually begin to shift into this open space. A dental implant will eliminate this gap and prevent any teeth from shifting.
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If you are interested in learning more about why a dental implant may be the best option available to replace any missing teeth you may have, please contact Dr. Dean Dietrich at Pleasant Dental® in Dolton, IL by calling (708) 576-1900.

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