Millions of Americans are missing at least one of their teeth. Some of them put up with having a gap in their smile for years before seeking treatment. Others have a crown or bridge replacement. But at least three million others have chosen a dental implant, and that number is growing every year. Implants are a specialty here at The Nashville Aesthetic Dentistry – Dennis J. Wells, DDS in Brentwood.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants in Brentwood are titanium posts that are surgically affixed in your jaw. An artificial tooth goes on top of the post. What makes dental implants so remarkable is that they look and function like a natural tooth, and are intended to be permanent replacements.
Advantages of Dental Implants
One of the great things about dental implants in Brentwood is that they help to prevent bone loss in the jaw. But before you can get an implant, you have to have enough strong bone and healthy gums to support one. Even if you don’t, though, don’t despair: there are ways to build up enough healthy bone to support an implant.
Once a dental implant has been placed in your mouth, you take care of it just like you would a natural tooth: through brushing and flossing. The artificial tooth on top of the titanium post cannot, of course, get cavities like a natural tooth. But plaque can still build up on them, which can infect the gum tissue around it.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are missing a tooth and would like to find out more about dental implants in Brentwood, give us a call at The Nashville Aesthetic Dentistry – Dennis J. Wells, DDS. We specialize in cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today.