Dental implants are the best tooth replacement option for promoting optimal oral function for years to come. They’re also incredibly natural looking. This treatment method offers a number of health benefits, too, because dental implants are the only prosthetic that can replace the roots of teeth. Our implant dentist offers tooth replacement consultations to help residents of our community determine the best treatment option for their unique needs.
How Dental Implants Work
The dental implant itself is a small, screw-shaped prosthetic made of titanium. It’s placed into the jawbone where a biological tooth has been lost. Over time, the jawbone will fuse to the dental implant. The process of bone fusing to implants is what makes them so durable and lifelike.
Once the jaw stabilizes an implant, a custom-made dental crown is attached to the implant. The crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that fills in the visible surfaces of a lost tooth. Crowns can be made from metal or porcelain, which can blend in seamlessly with neighboring biological teeth. The crown provides a biting surface to consume food, improve the aesthetics of a smile, and help support adjacent teeth.
Benefits of Implant Dentistry
On top of providing a durable replacement tooth, having dental implants can benefit a person’s oral health. Since implants closely replicate natural teeth, patients enjoy well-balanced diets and no dietary restrictions once an implant is stabilized. Malnutrition is a lesser-known complication of tooth loss so having durable replacement teeth is very important.
Another way that dental implants improve oral health is by keeping the jaw active and stimulated. Those affected by tooth loss tend to also suffer with bone loss. Since an implant replicates a tooth’s root, it helps preserve tooth-supporting bone.
If you have lost teeth, we encourage you to speak to our implant dentist. After an examination and a consultation, our team can develop a treatment plan that suits your needs and circumstances. Call Fresh Leaf Dental today to schedule an appointment.