In most cases, dental implants are the best option to replace missing teeth. Structurally speaking implants closely resemble your natural teeth. Implants work best with the opposing teeth are in good condition.
Implants are the best solution for recreating the look, feel, and function of natural teeth. Dental implants do more than replace missing teeth. They help maintain and strengthen bone structure, provide the ability to chew healthy food, and restore the confidence to smile. They also protect against the loss of remaining teeth by helping to preserve bone structure.
Once a tooth is lost, several things begin to happen that are not immediately noticeable but long term can have a significant negative effect on both health and appearance. The roots of your teeth help hold them in place, but they are also critical in maintaining health in the surrounding gums and supporting bone structures. Bone loss in the jawbone is one significant problem that naturally occurs once a tooth is lost. This bone loss can compromise the integrity of surrounding tooth roots and stability. It is the reason patients who wear dentures find that over time their dentures are harder and harder to fit and keep in place.
Dental implant placement can help generate bone growth in the area around the implant, which not only strengthens the bone and builds support. This process is known as osseointegration and is a significant benefit of implant placement because it can also help prevent future bone loss.
Although having a beautiful smile and the confidence that comes with it are important, there are also important health reasons to have dental implants. Whether replacing one tooth or several, implants are the best solution to restoring and maintaining dental health.
Implants are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jaw bone. The bone adheres to the titanium which solidifies together to create a strong anchor for the crown to attach to. When the teeth are extracted the bone that is around the tooth that remains in the empty space starts to break down over time. This can eventually lead to other teeth becoming loose or unstable. Replacing the extracted tooth with an implant helps to retain bone structure and stability in the jaw. Our office has two Oral Surgeons on staff. This allows us to provide our patients with in house treatment for the entire implant process. Learn more about our Oral Surgery team on the specialist page.