What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a type of tooth replacement option to replace missing or damaged teeth. A dental implant is a permanently fixed tooth replacement option, unlike a partial denture. The dental implant is a metal post that is bio-compatible with your body. The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone for maximum stability. This is similar to how natural teeth are fixed into the jawbone. Once the metal post is placed into the jawbone, the tooth crown portion is attached to the top of the metal post.
Benefits Of Dental Implants
Many people worry about loose or ill-fitting dentures. As a result, they may avoid smiling due to fear of the dentures slipping or moving around. Patients with dental implants report a higher sense of confidence when it comes to smiling for photos.
No Dietary Limits
Many denture wearers find that they have to adjust the type of foods they eat. This is because their dentures do not allow them to chew certain foods easily. Foods such as steak and corn can be challenging to eat with dentures or partial dentures. However, with dental implants, eating those foods are the same as when you eat with your natural teeth.
Since your natural teeth are firmly located in the jawbone, the jawbone is stimulated, which in turn help with jawbone retention and prevents bone loss. Bone loss in the jawbone results in a sunken facial appearance. By having a dental implant placed in the bone like natural teeth, the jawbone is preserved, and the facial appearance can be retained.
With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime, same as your natural teeth. An added benefit of dental implants is that they cannot develop cavities or dental decay, unlike natural teeth.
If you are looking to replace a missing or lost tooth, dental implants should be first on your list of potential tooth replacement options along with a dental bridge and partial dentures. Contact us for more information.