Implant dentistry is an effective treatment approach to replacing lost teeth. Dental implants have exploded in popularity in the last decade. This is because these prosthetics are durable, long-lasting, and lifelike.
Dental implants anchor prosthetics like bridges and restorations like crowns. This means that patients can enjoy substantially improved oral function and a restored smile. When prosthetics or restorations are made from porcelain, these replacement teeth will look and feel like biological teeth.
A dental implant is a titanium post used to address the loss of a tooth’s root structure. Conventional prosthetics like bridges and dentures only addressed the loss of visible dental surfaces. Dental implants, on the other hand, are loaded directly into the jawbone where the roots of teeth once existed. Since implants are made from titanium, the surrounding bone will fuse to their surface and hold them in place.
Implants are screw-like prosthetics that have a tapered end. They are quite small and feature abutments to which prosthetics and restorations can be attached.
Receiving implants presents unique benefits to a patient who has suffered with tooth loss. The implant itself promotes bone health. This is because bone will atrophy when it is inactive. Dental implants are placed in the jaw, subsequently keeping bone stimulated. Those who have dental implants enjoy a reduced risk for bone deterioration.
The fact that implants are anchored by bone translates to optimal oral function. When patients with dental implants chew, bite, and tear food, their prosthetic teeth will not budge. Those with implants can enjoy a well-balanced diet, including chewy food items.
Oral healthcare providers and patients alike regard dental implants as low maintenance. Special cleansing solutions are not needed to clean implants and their restorations. Messy adhesives aren’t necessary to hold them in place either. Patients will brush and floss as normal with ADA-approved toothbrushes and toothpastes.
If you’re interested in dental implants, call Thompson Dental to reserve a tooth replacement consultation with our dentist.