Losing teeth is a difficult and traumatic experience. Fortunately, you can restore your oral function and appearance with dental implants – long-lasting prosthetics that replace the roots of teeth and support restorations like crowns and bridges. Dental implants make for excellent replacement teeth because they allow people to enjoy a wide variety of foods without interruptions in oral function. They are also biocompatible with the body, meaning that they can be treated similarly to biologic tooth structure.
How Dental Implants Work
A dental implant is a small prosthetic used to replace the missing root systems of teeth. These prosthetics are just millimeters in diameter and are made from the biocompatible metal titanium.
Implants are able to replace the roots of teeth through a natural process called osseointegration. When a dentist embeds a dental implant into the jawbone, the bone will ultimately fuse around its titanium structure during a person’s recovery. Osseointegration takes a few months but this process is what makes dental implants long lasting and durable.
Once the jawbone stabilizes dental implants, permanent restorations or prosthetics are attached to implants. These restorations, like porcelain crowns and bridges, will fill in the empty spaces above the surface of the gums. Crowns and bridges are made to very exact specifications so that they fit properly, support adjacent teeth, and increase oral function to optimal levels. Stabilized dental implants allow patients to resume life as normal after tooth loss.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer unique advantages to patients. First, they support all the structures of the oral health system, including the jawbone. Bone deterioration is a common side effect of tooth loss. Due to inactivity, the bone will atrophy. Losing bone can lead to additional tooth loss, occlusal issues, and an aged appearance.
Beyond supporting bone health, dental implants and their restorations support biologic tooth structure. Having a replacement for the roots and crowns of missing teeth will help keep neighboring natural teeth and prosthetics upright in healthy positions.
If you have lost teeth, we recommend scheduling a consultation with our dentist at Newton Dental Group. We take a compassionate approach to helping patients restore their appearance and oral function.