Dental implants offer patients the only structurally complete tooth replacement – consisting of both an artificial root and crown (or crowns). Although it is underappreciated, the root is essential to many of the tooth’s functions that are important for maintaining a healthy smile and a healthy body.
Patients who need to replace a missing tooth should always consult with an implant dentist in order to learn more about this valuable treatment option.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are made of biocompatible titanium, which means that the bone tissue can form a strong bond with an implant after the implant dentist places it in the patient’s jaw. That osseointegration process causes the implant to become a fixture in the jaw.
As such, dental implants serve as artificial tooth roots. In this role, not only do they support the restoration – crowns, bridges or dentures – but they also preserve the integrity of the jawbone and confer a range of other benefits on patients.
Keep in mind that bone loss can present a barrier to successful dental implant osseointegration, so procrastinating on getting your tooth replaced with a dental implant can be problematic. Patients should proceed with this treatment fairly soon after tooth loss occurs.
Why A Structurally Complete Tooth Replacement Is the Optimal Choice
That’s right, dental implants don’t just make your smile look better. They also drastically outperform conventional restorations in a number of important ways, such as:
- More durable: Dental implants prevent jawbone atrophy, so with proper care, these devices can last for decades.
- More functional: Because of the physical connection between the bone and the implant, dental implants are far more effective at chewing than conventional appliances.
- More comfortable: Structurally similar to a biological tooth, dental implants feel more like biological teeth.
- More convenient: Dental implants don’t require any special tools to maintain, and they don’t require that surrounding teeth be altered to support the prosthetic.
These are all compelling reasons to explore dental implants when you are considering treatment options following tooth loss. Don’t delay in scheduling a no-obligation consultation with our team at Forever Young Dentistry!