Dental implants are the most structurally complete tooth replacement devices currently available to patients who have suffered tooth loss. Only dental implants consist of a root-like structure, which is the small titanium cylinder inserted into the patient’s jaw, and a prosthetic crown in the form of a single crown, bridge or denture.
Because of the osseointegration process by which bone fuses with titanium, the dental implants become a fixture in the jaw several months after the dentist places them. This allows them to function like artificial tooth roots. Although we can’t see them, the roots of our teeth play an important role in our oral health and our smile’s stability. For example, the teeth’s roots anchor the jawbone, which wears away following tooth loss if only the crown is replaced as it is with a conventional denture or dental bridge.
Therefore, when a dentist secures your tooth replacement with a dental implant, the appliance will retain its fit for many decades, while a standard denture might need to be refitted or even replaced after several years.
Additionally, dental implants are more effective at chewing thanks to their connection to the jaw. They can withstand relatively strong chewing forces, allowing them to process more fibrous foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Patients who opt for dental implants typically can enjoy a more complete diet, within reason.
In order to get the maximum benefit from dental implants and to ensure their longevity, you must take good care of your smile and keep it as healthy as possible. Gum disease can easily threaten your dental implants if it reaches the bone and weakens it, so it’s essential that you follow all oral hygiene instructions provided by your dentist.
Patients who want the most complete tooth replacement option available should contact our office to learn more about dental implants. Come in for an evaluation to see if this is the right treatment option for you.