Nowadays, if you’re looking to replace a tooth, a dental implant is typically one of the first things your dentist will recommend. Their strength, durability, and realism compared to other tooth replacement options have made them incredibly popular among both dentists and patients.
However, when people envision dental implants, they tend to picture a bulky titanium rod that can be placed in the jawbone. While this idea isn’t necessarily accurate, it sometimes makes people wonder whether it’s even possible to replace their front teeth. If that’s a question that you have, here are a few things it’d probably be good for you to know.
Can You Replace Your Front Teeth With Dental Implants?
While front teeth are more slender than your molars or bicuspids, they’re still more than thick enough to be replaced with a dental implant. The titanium post needs to be a certain size to be secured into the jaw, but the restoration that actually simulates the tooth is connected to the implant via a small piece known as an abutment.
That being the case, the size of the restoration doesn’t matter very much. Whether you’re replacing a front or a back tooth, you should be able to get the security that dental implants can afford you.
Why Should I Use Dental Implants to Replace Front Teeth?
A lot of the time, people think of the front teeth as being the most important. While there aren’t any teeth that are completely useless (except maybe wisdom teeth), it is true that the front teeth play an especially important role.
Of course, they’re the teeth that people see the most often, which means that the realism that dental implants offer can be very useful. While dentures and bridges look great, the advanced materials used in implants make them almost imperceptible, so they’re perfect for replacing so-called “show teeth.”
The front teeth are also used for biting into and slicing up tougher foods, like apples and carrots, tough grilled meats, and more. When it comes to this task, dentures are likely to fall short. Dental implants afford much greater bite strength, so if you want to be able to eat fruits and vegetables with ease, they’re an excellent way to go.
About Our Practice
At La Plata Dental, we don’t just treat patients like a set of teeth. We take the time to get to know you on a personal level, not only so that we can customize your treatment plan to your individual needs, but also so that we can make you feel as comfortable as possible for the duration of your stay with us. No matter how you normally feel about the dentist’s office, we’re sure that we can make you feel happy and welcome for the duration of your stay with us.
If you have any questions about dental implants, we can be reached at our website or by phone at (240) 349-2439.