An increasing number of patients who need to have a missing tooth replaced are turning to dental implants to restore their smiles. Dental implants offer the most advanced tooth replacement technology available, and they offer a structurally complete prosthetic.
These qualities of dental implants bestow multiple advantages on these devices when compared to traditional prosthetics. When you are considering your treatment options, it’s important to consider which one will best meet your needs. With their many benefits, dental implants may be best for you.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small cylinders made of biocompatible titanium, meaning that bone tissue is capable of forming a strong bond with them. The end result of that process, called osseointegration, is that the dental implant becomes a fixture in the jaw, replacing the missing tooth’s root.
Dental implants can be used to support different restorations in a variety of tooth loss scenarios, from a single missing tooth to an entire arch (or both arches). The most important factor is the quality of bone at the implant site and whether it can support osseointegration.
Many patients will work with a periodontist to get dental implants. These specialists are well-suited to provide this service, as they have extensive knowledge of the structures of the gum tissue and the underlying bone, both of which are important in dental implant placement.
Benefits Of A Structurally Complete Tooth Replacement
As the only structurally complete tooth replacement consisting of an artificial root and crown(s), dental implants offer a number of advantages in contrast to conventional appliances that lack a root-like structure. These are just a few of the most appealing qualities:
- Stability: Because they are fixed in the jaw, dental implants are more effective at holding a restoration in place.
- Durability: Dental implants help to preserve the integrity of the jawbone, so its shape remains constant, as does the fit of the appliance. With proper maintenance, patients can keep an implant-supported appliance for decades.
- Functionality: Dental implants are much more effective at chewing than conventional appliances because they can tolerate strong forces needed to process food.
- Comfort: With their root-like structure, dental implants feel more like biological teeth.
- Convenience: Dental implants don’t require much special maintenance beyond standard oral hygiene practices. In the case of dentures, they eliminate the need for messy adhesives.
Do you want to learn more about the many advantages of dental implants? Visit our team at Park Cities Periodontics and Implant Dentistry for a consultation. Call today to schedule your appointment.