Whether it happens because of injury, decay, or simply age, losing a tooth can be a devastating blow to both your overall oral health and your self-confidence. While solutions such as dentures and bridges have been around for countless years, many patients feel dissatisfied with the bulky, unnatural nature of these tooth replacement options. As a relatively new, revolutionary tool, dental implants can provide that durable, seamless feel you’ve been sorely missing in your smile. In fact, you may forget you ever lost a tooth in the first place!
How do dental implants work?
Unlike other restorative treatments, which tend to only replace the visible ‘crown’ of the tooth, dental implants effectively replicate the entire structure, including the root. This keeps your jawbone full and healthy; it also provides a sturdy foundation for the new, custom-made crown to sit upon.
When undergoing the dental implants process, you’ll first need to have a small, titanium post implanted into the empty socket. This new ‘root’ should successfully fuse with and even help regenerate your jawbone tissue. Then, once an appropriate amount of time has passed for this to occur, you’ll return to the office in order to have your new, customized porcelain crown placed, completing the procedure.
There are various benefits associated with choosing dental implants, including:
- Bone loss in the jaw is a serious problem caused by tooth loss, and one that dentures and partials do nothing to help solve, resulting in a hunched appearance as the patient grows older. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that integrates directly with the jaw, keeping it healthy and structurally sound.
- They mimic the look and feel of a natural tooth nearly exactly, resulting in an ideal feel, no dietary restrictions, and a renewed sense of self-confidence!
- Unlike bridges, they allow for tooth replacement without needing to sacrifice the health of remaining teeth.