If you have a missing tooth, our skilled dentists can fill in the gap with a dental implant and crown. Dental implants are a close match for natural teeth because they replace missing teeth and their roots. In Fargo, ND, dental implants are available at Anderson Dental, where Dr. Jon Anderson & Dr. Brad Anderson can restore function and beauty to your smile.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a metal post that looks similar to a small screw. The implant is inserted directly in the jawbone and functions like a root for a dental crown. Dental implants can also anchor other types of restorations in place, such as a dental bridge or implant-supported dentures. When used in conjunction with bridgework or dentures, several dental implants are needed.
Dental implants are the most secure and longest-lasting tooth replacement method available today. Placing them in the jawbone is the main reason why they are so secure. Over time, the metal implant post gradually fuses together with the bone tissue around it. Fusion is permanent, which means the dental implant will remain fixed in place. Tooth restorations anchored by dental implants do not shift out of place.
Candidates for Dental Implants
While dental implants are quickly becoming a preferred method among patients for replacing missing teeth, not everyone is a candidate. Since dental implants are inserted in the jawbone, to be a candidate you must have sufficient bone tissue. Otherwise, the dental implant cannot successfully fuse with the bone and will not be as secure. The unfortunate reality of tooth loss is that the body naturally reabsorbs bone tissue not supporting teeth. Consequently, bone loss is a common outcome of tooth loss.
It is also helpful for patients to have healthy gums since a small incision must be made in the gum tissue in order to place a dental implant in the jawbone. Candidates should also have a healthy immune system. The experienced dentists at our practice in Fargo, ND, can determine if dental implants are a possibility for you.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants can help your smile in several ways. On top of restoring beauty to your smile by filling in the gaps where teeth are missing, dental implants also restore function by making it easier to bite and chew food. They also reduce many of the negative side effects of tooth loss. Some of the many exciting benefits of dental implants include:
- Replace missing or extracted teeth
- Restore natural biting and chewing functions
- Reduce strain on remaining teeth compensating for missing ones
- Prevent additional bone loss by stopping the body from reabsorbing it
- Reduce facial sagging by providing support for muscles in the face
- Prevent teeth from shifting into gaps caused by tooth loss
- Improve speech altered by tooth loss
If you have a missing tooth, a dental implant could restore your smile. Our highly skilled dentists can determine if you are a candidate for this exciting tooth replacement method. For dental implants in Fargo, ND, schedule a consultation with Drs. Jon and Brad Anderson by calling Anderson Dental at (701) 232-1368.