Tooth loss is a real drag. Not only does it affect your appearance, it will ultimately affect your oral health and wellbeing. Fortunately, our oral surgeon can help. Our practice offers dental implants, which closely replicate the function of biological teeth. If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants, consider these lesser-known facts.
Dental Implants are the Only Prosthetic that Replaces the Roots of Teeth
Bridges and dentures only replace the visible surfaces of teeth. While this is great for restoring the appearance of your smile, they do have limitations when it comes to oral function and supporting the entire oral health system.
Dental implants, however, replace the structures of teeth below the gums. Acting as an artificial root, dental implants keep bone mass healthy and provide increased stability during meals.
Dental Implants Support Crowns, Bridges, and Dentures
Dental implants can address different types of tooth loss. For those missing one or two teeth, an implant can support a dental crown, which provides beautiful and lifelike single-tooth replacement. For those missing multiple consecutive teeth, implants can hold a bridge. A series of strategically embedded dental implants can also support a denture, which helps those suffering from total tooth loss in an arch.
Dental Implants Can Last for a Lifetime
A dental implant has a long lifespan, especially when patients care for their oral health properly. In fact, a dental implant could theoretically last for a lifetime. Although dental implants are resistant to disease, their function can be threatened by gum disease and bone deterioration so it’s important to practice great oral hygiene and receive regular dental checkups and cleanings.
Dental Implants Provide Lifelike Oral Function
Patients with dental implants can enjoy a number of foods, including things that are typically hard to eat with dentures or bridges. Dental implants will not shift or wiggle when eating foods that are tough, chewy, or fibrous.
If you have questions about dental implants, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our oral surgeon, Dr. Robert Peak.