Without teeth, daily life is difficult. To add further insult to injury, tooth loss has devastating effects on your oral health. Over time your body will reabsorb bone mass, your risk of tooth loss is heightened, and you may develop social anxiety or depression because tooth loss damages your confidence. Fortunately, there is a way to enjoy the benefits of having biological teeth with dental implants. These revolutionary replacement teeth are durable, long lasting, and natural looking. Implants are permanent and are treated like natural teeth. This means that you can eat tough and chewy foods with ease, enjoy a complete smile, and protect your oral health in the future.
How Dental Implants Are Unique
Dental implants are unique for many reasons. The major difference between implants and other tooth replacement options is the fact that implants are used to replace more than just the visible structure of teeth. They also replace a tooth’s roots.
Consisting of a small titanium post, an implant has a ridged, screw-like texture. An oral surgeon will surgically embed the implant into the jawbone where the missing tooth is. After this initial procedure, the bone will fuse around the implant. Bone fusing to titanium secures the implant in place and allows the implant to act like a tooth’s root in the future. Once the implant has stabilized, a permanent prosthetic is attached. For single tooth replacement, a dental crown is used to complete the process. Crowns are tooth-shaped prosthetics that are custom made for each patient. There are very natural looking materials available, including porcelain and porcelain fused to metal, that are used to create a crown. When patients choose porcelain, they enjoy a very lifelike restoration of their smile.
Benefits of Dental Implants
By completely restoring oral function, patients with implants enjoy a stable replacement tooth that allows them to eat all types of food and smile with confidence. Additionally, implants are cleaned just like biological teeth through regular flossing and brushing. The lifespan of a dental implant is long, and in some cases, can last for the rest of a patient’s life.
To learn more about dental implants, call us to schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons.