Tooth loss presents limitations to our oral function. Some tooth replacement methods like partial and full dentures keep us from enjoying our favorite foods, too. Fortunately, implant dentistry offers a solution for overcoming this obstacle after tooth loss. Dental implants are durable, lifelike replacement teeth that restore oral function.
With dental implants, a patient can enjoy a wide range of foods including tough and chewy varieties. This means items like apples and steak don’t have to be off the menu for patients with prosthetic teeth.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants resemble a screw. They are cylindrical prosthetics made from titanium and feature an abutment to which a dental crown or bridge can be attached.
Dental implants are embedded into the jawbone to replace the lost root structure of teeth. This means that instead of relying on other teeth or the curve of the jawbone for support, implants are stabilized by the bone itself much like natural teeth. Titanium is a biocompatible metal and when prosthetics made from this material are embedded into hard tissue, the bone will fuse to its structure and hold it in place.
Once dental implants are stabilized by bone integrating to them, permanent restorations or prosthetics are attached to their abutments. While the implant replaces the root structure of teeth, restorations and prosthetics will fill in the biting surfaces of teeth to complete the tooth replacement process.
Restorations like crowns or prosthetics like bridges and dentures are custom made to ensure that they look and feel as natural as possible. Crowns, bridges, and dentures can be made from porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. Both of these options lend a very beautiful and lifelike aesthetic.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Implant dentistry presents a number of benefits to patients who’ve suffered with tooth loss. Dental implants restore oral function and one’s appearance. They also support bone health by keeping the jaw stimulated. Unstimulated bone, as seen in patients with tooth loss and conventional, unsupported prosthetics, leads to bone deterioration.
If you have questions about your tooth replacement options, call Fresh Leaf Dental to reserve a consultation with our implant dentist.