Dental implants not only allow a person to regain the ability to speak, laugh, and eat certain foods in confidence, but dental implants also help to preserve existing teeth. When compared to dentures and bridges, dental implants stand apart because of their supplementary benefit to remaining teeth. By preventing bone loss and the disruption of existing teeth, dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that will enhance and preserve your smile for years to come.
Dental Implants Prevent Bone Deterioration
Dental implants help to prevent the deterioration of bone that often occurs with prolonged tooth loss. The vitality of jaw bone requires stimulation that only tooth roots can provide. Otherwise, the bone of the jaw will lose form and density, and even lower levels of bone can begin to deteriorate as well.
A dental implant is composed of two important features: A titanium post and a prosthetic crown. The titanium post has a ridged texture and resembles a screw. This post is inserted into the jawbone. Since the post is constructed of titanium, the bone mass surrounding the implant site will eventually fuse around the post and anchor it in place. This process of bone integration allows this part of the implant to replace a tooth’s roots.
After the initial oral surgery where the titanium post is placed, patients will enter a recovery and stabilization period. Once the bone has properly fused to the implant, patients will return to receive the second component, a permanent, prosthetic crown. A crown is a tooth-shaped prosthetic that will fill in the missing tooth structure above the gums and provide a sturdy biting surface for eating food. The crown is custom made so that it perfectly fits in a patient’s mouth. Crowns may be constructed from metals or porcelain, or with porcelain fused over a metal base.
Bridges and Dentures Hinder Existing Teeth
Dental implants help to prevent complications that may occur with existing teeth, unlike other types of tooth replacement options–bridges and dentures.
- Bridges require existing teeth to be altered, even partially removed, in order to support the structure, and this can often result in complications to these teeth. Not to mention, bone loss is a direct result of bridges, and eventually the gums and bone above the replacement teeth will collapse.
- Much like with bridges, partial dentures are also detrimental to existing teeth. Because of bone deterioration, dentures often shift and move, and this can cause trauma to existing teeth that may result in the need for extraction.
At Austin Oral Surgery, our Board Certified and Board Eligible Oral Surgeons have extensive training in dental implant surgery and are capable of everything from the simple placement of a single implant to comprehensive treatment requiring multiple implants, grafting and reconstructive techniques. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Austin Oral Surgery to discuss how dental implants can change your life.