Did you know that a dental implant is the only tooth replacement option that replaces the missing roots of teeth? Other tooth replacements, including bridges and dentures, only address the visible portions of missing teeth. By only replacing visible tooth structures, a patient’s oral health and appearance can suffer. Dental implants provide a lifelike alternative to conventional prosthetics that improve oral function and restores one’s appearance.
What Dental Implants Do
Dental implants are prosthetics that are embedded into the jawbone to replace the roots of teeth. Made from titanium, these prosthetics provide a durable base for restorations and prosthetics.
The reason dental implants are able to replace the roots of teeth is a natural biological process called osseointegration. This process involves bone mass fusing to the structure of the implant, much like bone supports the roots of natural teeth.
Once an implant is stable, a restoration such as a dental crown or a prosthetic like a bridge can be attached to it to complete the tooth replacement process. The restoration or prosthetic will be held in place for years to come when it’s attached to a dental implant. Restorations and prosthetics can be made from tooth-colored materials to maintain a natural looking appearance.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants present a number of benefits to patients who’ve suffered from tooth loss. They are strong and durable, which means people can enjoy a well-balanced diet and comfortable oral function. Since implants draw on support from the jawbones, they will not move or slide when eating and speaking.
Those with dental implants enjoy easy oral hygiene. The restorations and prosthetics attached to implants are brushed and flossed like natural teeth. Overnight soaking along with special brushes and soaking solutions are not necessary.
Since dental implants are a structurally complete tooth replacement method, they help support the entire oral health system. The implant itself keeps the jawbone stimulated to mitigate the effects of bone atrophy after tooth loss. Implants and their restorations also help keep adjacent teeth in their rightful positions.
If you have suffered from tooth loss, we encourage you to schedule a dental implant consultation with our oral surgeon at EverSmile.