Dental implants have changed the way that oral healthcare providers treat tooth loss. These durable prosthetics can last for the rest of a patient’s life while restoring their oral function and their appearance.
If you’ve suffered with tooth loss, you owe it to yourself to learn more about implant dentistry. Following are some helpful facts you might not know about dental implants.
Dental Implants Are the Only Prosthetics That Can Replace the Roots of Teeth
For centuries, humans have only been able to replace the visible surfaces of teeth with prosthetics, not their roots. That all changed in the 20th century when scientists discovered that titanium could be used to successfully replace mineralized tissue. Made from titanium, dental implants are biocompatible with the body and, therefore, can effectively replace the missing roots of teeth.
Implants are Low Maintenance
Caring for dental implants is very similar to caring for biological teeth. Instead of removing prosthetic teeth for cleaning and overnight soaking, patients will brush and floss dental implants and the restorations attached to them just as they would their natural teeth.
Dental Implants Help Prevent Bone Loss
Bone loss is a common consequence of tooth loss. When teeth are missing, their roots can no longer keep the jaw stimulated. This can lead to the body resorbing bone. Since implants are embedded in the jawbone, they can prevent bone loss by keeping the jaw active. Preserving bone is important for healthy oral function and for maintaining a youthful appearance.
You Can Eat Tough and Fibrous Foods with Dental Implants
Eating with dental implants is a breeze. Once implants are stabilized by the jawbone, patients can enjoy a full diet, including items that are tough, chewy, and fibrous. With dental implants, tooth loss doesn’t have to mean that you can’t enjoy a steakhouse filet or crisp vegetables.
If you’re evaluating your tooth replacement options, we recommend scheduling an implant dentistry consultation with our oral surgeon. At your consultation, we will answer any questions you have and perform a thorough examination to determine if this treatment option meets your needs.
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