Tooth loss has profound effects on our lives. Missing teeth makes oral function very difficult and can crush our self-esteem. Fortunately, today’s modern dental patient has a few different types of tooth replacement options. Dental implants, for instance, have quickly become the go-to prosthetic among dental professionals and the general public. Some folks might shy away from dental implants at first due to implants being costlier than dentures but once people realize the lifespan and durability of implants, the upfront cost is very affordable when compared to the frequent repair and replacement dentures require.
Another element to consider when reviewing your tooth replacement options is how dental implants help support the oral health system. For instance, dental implants help patients retain bone mass in the jaw. Implants also provide support to biological teeth by filling in the spaces of an incomplete smile so that teeth do not shift into empty tooth sockets. Implant dentistry offers very unique advantages to patients.
The Uniqueness of Dental Implants
Most people are accustomed to the basics on how prosthetics like dentures and bridges work. While these are historically the most common and popular replacement teeth, they do have limitations. This is because they only replace visible tooth structure and not the roots of teeth. Dental implants, however, replace the roots of teeth with titanium components. These small, screw-shaped components are made of titanium. This metal is biocompatible, which means that bone will fuse around the implant’s structure and the body will not reject it as a foreign object. Dental implants are the only prosthetic available that replaces the roots of teeth. Once a dental implant is embedded and stabilized by bone, it is ready to hold a permanent restoration like a dental crown. After the restoration is attached, patients can enjoy lifelike, effective, and comfortable oral function.
Scheduling an Implant Dentistry Consultation
If dental implants interest you, the next step is to schedule a consultation with our oral surgeon. At your appointment we will perform an oral examination that includes taking and interpreting diagnostic images. A consultation is necessary to determine if this tooth replacement method meets your needs.
Call us today to reserve an appointment with our oral surgeon at the office of Dr. Peak.