A missing tooth is more than just an unsightly gap in your mouth. It is a concern that has serious and long-term effects on your oral health. This is why quality dental implant restorations are so important.
When you have a missing tooth, the adjacent teeth naturally begin to drift into the vacant space. Meanwhile, the bone structure that should be supporting the missing tooth is not getting the stimulation it needs to sustain itself, gradually losing structure as time goes on. The end result is a crooked, uneven smile and a weak bite.
A dental implant is the strongest, most effective way to replace a missing tooth. It comes in the form of a sturdy, titanium fixture that is attached directly to your jaw bone. Once this implant is in place, it can serve as the anchor for a tooth-colored crown. The final product is strong, looks natural, and can last for the rest of your life. You will be able to eat all of your favorite foods, brush and floss normally, and likely never have to have your implant removed.
For patients who are missing multiple teeth, one or more dental implants can be used to hold a set of dentures in place.
Contact Tetrick Family Dentistry in Bellingham to find out if dental implants are right for you.