Dental implants have changed the way that dental health professionals treat tooth loss. These prosthetics replace the roots of teeth with biocompatible materials. Before implants, the roots of teeth were not replaceable. Today, however, implant dentistry provides patients with the most lifelike alternative to biological teeth.
A dental implant is a small, screw-like prosthetic that is embedded into the jawbone. Once the implant is stabilized by surrounding bone, it is used to hold restorations like crowns or prosthetics like dentures. A dental implant can replace a single tooth while a series of implants can be used to replace numerous missing teeth.
Following are reasons why dental implants are considered the ideal tooth replacement solution.
Implant Dentistry Promotes Ideal Oral Function
Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots. They are embedded into the jaw and are used to support other prosthetics/restorations like bridges, dentures, and dental crowns.
With implants anchored by the jawbone, patients can exert more control and force when eating. This allows those with dental implants the ability to consume tough, chewy, and fibrous foods with greater ease than those who wear traditional prosthetic teeth.
Dental Implants Are Low Maintenance
Dental implants and their accompanying restorations/prosthetics are regarded as easy to care for by patients. These prosthetics are not removed for overnight soaking or cleaning. Instead, they are brushed and flossed along with biological teeth.
Those who have dental implants should attend regular appointments for checkups and cleanings as certain oral conditions can affect the stability of implants.
Implants Look and Feel Natural
The restorations and prosthetics attached to dental implants are constructed from lifelike materials such as porcelain and porcelain fused to metal. This allows patients to enjoy a smile that looks incredibly natural. Onlookers will not be able to distinguish your replacement teeth from your natural ones.
Beyond appearing natural, porcelain feels similar to biologic tooth structure. Those with implants enjoy prosthetics that closely resemble their natural teeth.
If dental implants interest you, we recommend that you schedule a tooth replacement consultation with our oral surgeon.