Unlike in childhood, losing a tooth as an adult is no fun. There are no wide smiles in photos showing off the gap where a tooth used to be. There's no tooth fairy leaving a new dollar bill under your pillow. Perhaps most importantly, there's no new tooth ready to take its place. However, patients in the Gloucester, ON, area who have recently lost a tooth do not need to give up hope or resign themselves to a future of hidden smiles. Instead, by turning to a trusted dentist such as Dr. France Chevalier, patients can get back the confident, and complete, smile they once had.
Patients have several choices for replacing a missing tooth. Dentures, crowns and bridge appliances, and implants are all popular options with their own unique advantages. Patients who want a permanent solution often turn to dental implants. A dental implant is a replacement tooth root that is inserted directly into the jawbone. The bone is given time to heal and grow around the replacement root. Once that process has taken place a crown, the replacement tooth, is created and placed
Here are several benefits of choosing to replace your missing tooth with a dental implant:
- Stable and secure. Once the crown has been placed, the tooth is stable, secure, and durable. It will feel and function much like your original tooth. You can speak clearly and smile confidently knowing that it won't slip or slide when you're in the middle of a conversation. Even better, you can return to eating all of your favorite foods with a full set of teeth.
- Custom created replacement tooth. The replacement tooth is created by an experienced dental lab using specifications that are determined by Dr. Chevalier. The tooth will be a precise match of your existing teeth in color and shape and will blend in with the rest of your smile. Unless you tell them, your friends and family will never need to know that it's not your original tooth.
- No special care required. Once your tooth is in place you brush it and floss just like the rest of your teeth. The only special considerations you'll need to make are ones that you should consider for your natural teeth as well. For example, just like your original teeth, the implant is susceptible to trauma. Try to avoid biting into or chewing on hard items such as ice, hard candy or pens.
If you've recently lost a tooth, call Dr. France Chevalier today to discuss your options for replacement. Letting the gap remain after the tooth is lost can do more than damage your smile, it can cause stress on your remaining teeth or cause them to slip out of position. With an implant, you get the support you need and the smile you want.
Back to Dental Implants Home Page