November 4, 2015
Hello Belleville! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, PC. Have you bought a turkey yet? Even though Thanksgiving isn’t even upon us yet, we turned on the office radio and heard Christmas music this week! Time really does fly.
Last week, we started a special blog series about different procedures that can help get your oral health squared away before Thanksgiving. In our last post, we discussed how professional teeth whitening can help give you the confidence you need to smile for holiday photos. In our next two posts, we’re going to discuss how root canals and dental crowns can ensure that you’re ready to munch down on your Thanksgiving dinner. In today’s post we want to want to look at one of the most exciting areas of dentistry: dental implants.
What is a dental implant? A dental implant is designed to replace a missing tooth. Think for a moment about all the ways a missing tooth can affect your Thanksgiving. A missing tooth can lower your self-confidence, that feeling may even leave you feeling unwilling to smile for a photo. Missing teeth can also make it more difficult to eat the foods you.
Think to the summertime, could you enjoy corn on the cob with a missing tooth? It’s far more difficult, just as it becomes far more difficult to enjoy something like a turkey leg. What’s more, chewing your Thanksgiving dinner with a missing tooth can actually make you more susceptible to losing even more teeth!
Whenever you take a bite of food, your mouth undergoes some stress to chew the food. When you have a full-set of teeth, that stress is distributed evenly over all of your teeth. When you’re missing a tooth, certain teeth undergo more stress than others. That can lead to your remaining teeth to weaken and loosen. If you chew for too long with a missing tooth, it will actually push your remaining teeth out of place!
But fortunately, we can replace missing teeth at the office of Thomas J. Feder in Belleville, IL. For decades, the most popular option for replacing a missing tooth was with a dental bridge. To be certain, dental bridges are excellent pieces of technology and can make it much easier to chew. However, dental bridges also require crowns to be installed on either side of the missing tooth in order to hold an artificial tooth. This process requires the removal of enamel from your healthy teeth in oder to place the crowns.
A dental implant simply takes the place of your missing tooth, without requiring extensive work to the neighboring teeth. A dental implant is an artificial (but entirely lifelike) artificial tooth which replaces your missing tooth; the artificial tooth is supported by a titanium post which actually fuses into your jawbone. The post is as stable as a natural tooth root, making it an ideal choice for an artificial tooth root.
It takes a few appointments to place a dental implant; we been by placing the titanium rod into your jaw. This process is actually not painful; most of our patients tell us that it felt like getting a cavity filled. The titanium post will then heal into place, an become part of your jawbone. During the next appointment, we will place an artificial tooth on-top of the dental post.
Once the procedure is complete, you will have a tooth that functions just as well as a real one. In addition, they look great and no one will ever suspect that it’s not your real tooth. That means you have a full-set of teeth again, and be able to chew on a turkey leg no problem. In addition, you’ll feel confident enough to smile widely for the camera once more.
A dental implant is also beneficial to your overall oral health. The implant will help prevent your remaining natural teeth from loosening or moving out of place. That means a healthier mouth with healthier teeth!
Make An Appointment
Are you ready for a holiday season free of missing teeth? Then contact the office of Thomas J. Feder in Belleville, IL, for more information about dental implants. Dental implants could be just the thing you need to chew and smile with confidence. Make an appointment by calling us at 618-219-1412.