If you have lost teeth, you can attest to the fact that life is incredibly difficult without teeth. Losing teeth during adulthood is a traumatic experience. Without our teeth, nearly every part of our daily lives is affected. From feeling embarrassed to smiling or laughing to having trouble chewing common foods, tooth loss’ effects are profound. Fortunately, you can greatly improve your quality of life with dental implants. When dental implants are stabilized, they will restore your oral function and give you a beautiful replacement tooth so that you can eat and smile with confidence.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
A dental implant is used to replace the root system of a tooth. Like the roots of teeth, a dental implant is placed into the jaw where it will ultimately become stabilized by bone mass. Once the jaw integrates with the dental implant by generating new bone mass, a permanent restoration is attached through an abutment to the end of the implant to complete the tooth replacement process. While the implant functions like the tooth’s root, the restoration will serve as its crown. Common restorations used include dental crowns and bridges, both of which provide biting surfaces for chewing food and fill in the gaps of a smile with tooth-shaped prosthetics.
Unique Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are unique because they are the only prosthetics available that actually address the loss of a tooth’s root system. Discover additional benefits of dental implants below:
- Low maintenance and durable.
- Easy to Maintain – Patients have the ability to brush and floss their biological and prosthetic teeth as normal.
- Long Lasting – Titanium construction of the dental implant is very long lasting because this metal is strong and compatible with bone mass. Since the body won’t reject dental implants as foreign objects, people can enjoy these replacement teeth for decades.
- Natural Tooth Color – Dental implants are made of state-of-the-art materials that replicate biological tooth enamel. They are designed to match your other teeth in terms of shade and shape.
Candidates for Dental Implant Surgery
Determining one’s candidacy for dental implants is based on the results of a consultation and physical examination from an experienced oral surgeon. Adults with healthy gums and bone mass are typically ideal candidates for dental implants, but those suffering from gum disease or bone atrophy should still consider implants an option. While individuals suffering from oral health issues may not be immediate candidates for dental implants, they may have the chance to change this by receiving bone grafts and/or gum grafts, which will provide them with a more stable foundation for implants. Due to their titanium construction, dental implants can’t be damaged by gum disease or form cavities, which also benefits a patient’s oral health.
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