What is a dental implant?
When thinking about your dental needs, the idea of a dental implant may sound daunting. Surgery in any form can make anyone feel nervous, but dental implants offer amazing benefits for many people. A dental implant goes into the space of your missing tooth or teeth and completely replaces the existing root.
A dental implant can be used in place of one, some, or all of your teeth, much like a denture. The surgery involves drilling into your jaw bone or sometimes cheekbone to place an implant fixture. Then, a metal “screw” replaces the root, and a crown is created to sit atop and replace the missing teeth.
Why do I need a dental implant?
A dental implant is needed when one suffers from missing teeth.
It is most commonly seen in patients who suffer from periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease is prone to causing damage to not only one’s teeth and gums but also the roots that hold everything in place.
If periodontal disease is not treated soon enough, tooth and bone loss is inevitable and the deterioration of gums. Of course, decaying teeth not due to periodontal disease can also benefit from dental implants as well as accidents that cause broken and missing teeth.
Dental implants are more reliable, durable, and long-lasting
Unlike other forms of missing tooth restorations, dental implants are anchored into your jaw bone, making them sit in your mouth like natural teeth. This preserves the jaw bone and even aids in bone and tissue growth.
Because dental implants are fused into the jaw, a person can chew, speak, and talk without the worry of breaking off and coming out.
As long as they are appropriately cared for, dental implants can last you a lifetime.
Dental implants support healthy bone and tissue
There are many options when looking into dental restorations, but dental implants are the only ones that anchor the tooth into the jaw.
Other restorative options like dental bridges need regular replacement, and utilizing bridge restorations can cause you to sacrifice the healthy teeth you still have. Regular bridgework shaves down the surrounding teeth in order to make room for restoration.
Dental implants, however, reduce the chances of bone resorption and bone deterioration. In fact, because implants mimic a tooth's root, they will help to support the jawbone and can restore and strengthen bone density.
Dental implants are aesthetically appealing and look natural
Teeth are one part of the face that many people notice as soon as they meet you.
Missing teeth can cause self-esteem issues and take away confidence that is so important for individuals to have.
Dental implants are designed to look and feel exactly like real, natural teeth that function at their highest level. Being able to eat, smile, talk, and act naturally in day-to-day activities is what a dental implant can promise you.