Dental implants are unique because they are structurally complete, consisting of both a root-like structure and a prosthetic crown. Unlike alternatives such as traditional dental bridges and dentures, dental implants are secured in the jaw, which offers numerous benefits to patients who opt for this treatment.
The Advanced Technology of Dental Implants
Dental implants are made of titanium, which is a biocompatible material. This means that the bone tissue in your jaw is capable of fusing with a dental implant after an oral surgeon places it at the site of the missing tooth.
That process of fusion, called osseointegration, leaves the dental implant as a fixture in the patient’s jaw. It is then able to serve the same roles that the root of a biological tooth does.
It’s important to note that the patient must have enough bone tissue at the implant site to support successful osseointegration. If the patient has experienced bone loss, it may be necessary for the oral surgeon to do a preliminary bone graft before placing dental implants.
Why Dental Implants Won’t Compromise Your Diet
The roots of your teeth play an important role in your ability to chew. Because they are grounded in the bone tissue in your jaw, your teeth’s roots facilitate the ability to withstand the strong forces needed to process fibrous foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, or hard foods, like nuts.
By functioning similarly to biological tooth roots, dental implants preserve far more chewing function than standard bridges and dentures do, reducing the need for patients to eliminate certain foods from their diets.
Of course, patients should use common sense when chewing with their dental implants. Don’t try to chew on any objects that could damage a biological tooth, as those items can also harm dental implants.
If you don’t want to give up your favorite foods after experiencing tooth loss, explore dental implants as a tooth replacement solution. Schedule a no-obligation consultation at our office to learn more about this treatment option.