A Brief Rundown of Dentists
Dental Implants and Their Advantages
A dental implant is a sophisticated replacement tooth mimicking the complete structure of a natural tooth. A titanium “root” is firmly inserted into the bone and serves as support for the artificial tooth (crown, bridge or denture) to be attached. It has the appearance, function and overall experience a real tooth and can last a lifetime when given the right care.
Dental implant technology is the most advanced and effective tooth loss treatment today, with its many advantages over earlier solutions. And, with recent innovations in dental diagnostics and bone reconstruction, most patients can now benefit from dental implants, including those who were once told it was impossible.
So what are the specific advantages of dental implants compared to other treatments?
Work Like Real Teeth
Implants are capable of restoring full chewing power. It can be difficult to distinguish them from your natural teeth. You can brush, floss and eat with them normally.
No Need for Replacement
As mentioned, while a dental bridge can only last about 10 years, dental implants can be good for a lifetime. Implants are actually metals – titanium in particular – which integrate fully into the jawbone. It’s bio-compatible, meaning the body will accept it because it is non-toxic.
Prevent Gum Disease and Bone Loss Prevention
The gap from an absent tooth can hold food and, therefore, bacteria, which can then cause gum disease. This can be prevented by dental implants, which are structurally the same as natural teeth. When the jaw bone is not stimulated enough, as when there are tooth roots are missing, bone loss results. Again, implants address this problem. In comparison, dentures usually come loose and then rub against the bony ridge, wearing it away over time. As an implant serves the role of the root and the tooth, and chewing power is completely restored, bone can be stimulated enough to encourage bone growth.
Keep Adjacent Teeth Stable
When there is space in between teeth, adjacent teeth tend to shift crookedly into that gap. This changes not just how you look but also your bite and how you chew. It can lead to tooth replacement problems eventually. A poor bite can also bring about TMJ (temporomandibular joint) issues and may cause headaches and other pains.
Keep Face from Sagging
Facial sagging can be an unwelcome result of bone loss related to absent teeth. This is when the lower third of the face begins to collapse, slowly reducing the distance between the chin and the tip of the nose. When this happens, the chin becomes looks sharper, the lips become thinner, and the skin around the mouth wrinkles – all giving the impression that the person is above their real age.
If you’re thinking of getting dental implants though, keep in mind that the final result of the procedure will depend considerably on who’s performing it. So make sure you choose your dentist well.