Tooth loss can be devastating to your self-esteem and your state of mind. Restoring a complete smile is an important step in boosting your confidence, but the type of tooth replacement that you choose can also influence your perception of yourself. For example, dental implants offer the most lifelike tooth replacement, which gives patients peace of mind in many areas.
Dental implants are small titanium cylinders that are inserted into a patient’s jaw by an oral surgeon. Titanium is biocompatible, and that means that the surrounding bone tissue is capable of forming a very strong bond with the implant. That process, known as osseointegration, leaves the implant as a fixture in the jaw, allowing it to function similarly to a biological tooth’s root.
Because dental implants offer the only prosthetic consisting of both a root and a crown, this treatment option comes with many benefits for patients. First of all, the prosthetic – whether a single crown, dental bridge or denture – is much more secure when supported by dental implants. This is especially true in the case of dentures, when dental implants virtually eliminate the risk of an untimely slip up.
Additionally, patients who work with an oral surgeon to get dental implants also gain greater stability than if they were to choose conventional prosthetics to restore their smiles. The dental implants act like anchors to secure the bone tissue in the jaw and prevent the jawbone atrophy that usually unfolds after tooth loss. That process can also negatively affect the fit of a conventional appliance, which will become looser as the jaw’s shape changes. Again, patients may find themselves worrying about a shift in an appliance at a most inopportune time.
Dental implants also feel more natural, which means that patients may even forget that they have a prosthetic tooth replacement themselves. This also is a positive influence on their state of mind.
Patients who have suffered tooth loss and an accompanying deficit in their confidence should consider dental implants as a possible treatment. Call our office today to schedule an evaluation.