A dental implant can offer a person a new chance to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, such as the taste of different foods and the self-confidence of a great-looking smile. Still, many people who have suffered the loss of a tooth may feel that their quality of life is forever diminished by their tooth loss. They may be unaware that dental implants can restore the functionality and look of their mouth.

Here are a few ways that dental implants can make a person feel as though they never lost a tooth in the first place.

Chewing Stability

Many tooth replacement devices, such as conventional dentures, rest at the gum line and have little support in the mouth. A traditional denture is designed to fit the curves and contours of the oral cavity, allowing natural suction to hold the device in position. However, as a person enjoys firm or chewy foods, the denture is likely to move about. Dental adhesive can help hold a denture in position, but the traction supplied by the gel or paste is still rarely sufficient to allow the denture wearer to enjoy a wide variety of foods. 

With a dental implant, the tooth-replacement begins beneath the gums, where a natural tooth root would lie. The implant is surgically placed in the bone of the jaw, where it assimilates with the bone cells for stabilization. After the implant wound has healed over the course of a few months, the inserted device is as stable in the jawbone as a natural, healthy tooth root would be. 

Thus, a person with a dental implant can enjoy the foods that they ate prior to the loss of a tooth without fearing that their prosthetic device will shift or loosen. The dental implant can even be used to support other devices, such as dentures and bridges, for firm stabilization.

Natural Appearance

A dental implant-based restoration looks so natural that it would be difficult to discern from a natural tooth. After the initial implant wound has healed, the gums around the device are contoured. As a result, the gingival tissues curve around an implant, giving the restoration a natural appearance.

After the gums have healed, a connector is added to the implant so that a dental crown can be attached to the device. The crown, which can be made of an enamel-like material, such as porcelain or resin, can be matched to the shape and color of the missing tooth. 

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, schedule a consultation with a dentist in your local area. Check out a website like http://premierdentalgrp.com/ for more information and assistance.