Dental implants, the most “toothlike” replacement
If you are in need of tooth replacement, you’re probably researching your options. While bridges and dentures are both available choices, one of your best alternatives might be dental implants.
Are you a good candidate?
Patients who have lost a tooth, or teeth, due to periodontal disease or an injury, may be good candidates for dental implants. But there are a few qualifications. One is that you need to have healthy gums and sufficient bone structure to support the implant. If your bone is too thin or soft, a bone graft might be necessary.
Implants provide tooth replacement that is lifelike, both in terms of comfort and aesthetics. They are customized to look, feel and fit, exactly like your natural teeth.
An implant consists of a titanium post that acts like a tooth root, which is surgically implanted into the jawbone beneath the gumline. Once in place, your dentist can securely mount a dental prosthesis such as a crown, denture or bridge on it so that it doesn’t loosen. It will feel almost like your natural tooth due to the fact that it is fused to your bone.
Once your implant is in place, you can treat it like a normal tooth, as far as brushing and flossing. And you can eat normally, too. Dental implants allow you to eat without any extra effort or sensation of pain.
Long term benefits
There are also long term benefits to your overall dental health with implants, such as the deflection of bone mass. When you lose a tooth, it creates a void where the root once was. While many tooth replacement options replace the crown of the tooth, implants replace the root. When the implants make contact with the bone, it encourages new tissue around the implant, creating a bond between bone and metal. Without the implant, you would lose jawbone mass and density over time.
Dental implants also benefit general oral health because they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges. Implants allow the positioning of a crown or bridge on the dental implant itself, which means other teeth do not need to suffer because of the one being replaced.
While some lifestyle factors, such as smoking, can shorten the lifespan of your dental implants, with the proper care, they can last for decades. Your dentist can explain the best homecare treatment.
One other factor that can affect longevity is poor placement, which can result in the failure of the jawbone to fuse together properly with the implant. For this reason, it is vitally important that the procedure be done by a qualified dentist.
Dr. Arredondo at Dr. Dondo Dental Excellence has a vast amount of experience in placing implants and performing many other dental services. Contact us today to learn more about how we can give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
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