Benefits of Dental Implants
As a child, losing a tooth marks the transition to growing up, but as an adult, tooth loss can be extremely embarrassing and troublesome. Whether it’s due to gum disease, tooth decay, or any unfortunate accident, many adults experience tooth loss that impacts the appearance and functionality of their smile. Fortunately, dental implants are one of the best tooth restoration solutions that can help you regain your smile.
What are Dental Implants? What is the Dental Implant Procedure?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically embedded into the area of the jawbone where you’re missing a tooth and mimics your natural tooth.
After running multiple tests and evaluating your medical history, your dentist will approve you for implant surgery. The first step will be a surgical procedure in which the dentist will fix the titanium post in your jawbone and leave it for a few weeks. During this time, your jawbone will grow around the metal post through a process known as osseointegration. This forms a stable and solid foundation for the replacement tooth. The restoration tooth is color-matched and textured to appear exactly like your natural teeth, so that it seamlessly blends in with your smile.
Who is a Candidate For Dental Implants?
A dentist will consider many factors when assessing if you’re a good candidate for a dental implant, including your general health, gum health, and bone density. The placement of an implant is done via a surgical process that requires anesthesia. Therefore, you must generally have good overall health.
Those with periodontal or gum disease cannot get implants as planting a metal post into the jawbone when you have gum disease may increase the risk of developing a bone infection and cause implant failure.
Lastly, the jawbone needs to hold and bind with the base of the implant. Therefore, patients of dental implants must have adequate jawbone density.
Dental Implant Benefits
Dental implants provide the most benefits in comparison to any other tooth replacement option. Since a dental implant is anchored right into your jaw with a metal post, it gives your jaw almost the same strength as your natural teeth to bite and chew normally. Usually made out of porcelain, dental implants are then color-matched to your existing teeth, allowing them to seamlessly blend in with your natural teeth. Losing teeth causes your face to change shape due to the loss of support. Implants provide the same support to your face as your natural teeth, keeping it from changing shape. Certain tooth restoration solutions, such as dentures, impact your ability to pronounce words correctly and change the way you talk and sound. Dental implants help you speak normally.
How Implants Prevent Bone Loss
Losing teeth leads to the loss of bone mass in your jaw. The jawbone requires stimulation to maintain itself, which it gets from the movement of your naturally connected teeth. Since an implant binds with your jawbone to mimic your natural teeth, it provides pretty much the same stimulation as your natural teeth, preventing the loss of jawbone density.
Dental Implant Materials
Titanium is the most popular dental implant material that is used due to its biocompatibility, durability, and strength. Titanium has been used as a dental implant material since the official discovery of implants in the 1950’s. However, due to technological developments, zirconia is also becoming a noteworthy dental implant material.
We at Atlantic Dentistry provide different tooth replacement solutions for different situations. Call us at 904 717-0335 to book a consultation and learn more about dental implants.