What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a titanium screw that rests in your jawbone. A dental restoration will then be attached to the implant to restore the tooth both above and below the gum line. The implant fuses with your bone over time through a process known as osseointegration. Once this bond is formed, the implant is as stable as a natural tooth root. An implant-supported restoration isn’t just appearing to be a tooth – it actually functions as one.
Because biocompatible implants fuse with your bone, they have some unique advantages. Dental implants actually preserve your bone density, preventing bone in the area of tooth loss from resorbing and dissolving. This can lead to better-maintained facial structure, and overall improved oral health.
Dental Implants and Dental Restorations
Many patients wonder just which restorations implants can be paired with. The answer is: all of them! Implants improve the stability of every dental restoration, ranging from crowns to bridge to dentures. As implants allow you to replace teeth without drawing on the strength of neighboring teeth, they are better for your entire mouth. Adjacent teeth won’t be weakened in the restoration process. You will be able to brush and floss normally, and truly feel like you have a natural tooth.
When dental implants are paired with dentures, the dentures lose any chance of slipping or clicking. They are firmly anchored to the gums, and will not be uncomfortable or loose. You won’t need to bother with denture adhesives, and there will be less material in your mouth. Your dentures will feel like natural teeth in a way that they never have.
Don’t allow a missing tooth or many missing teeth to affect your life any longer. Call our office to discuss your potential for dental implants.