Dental implants are unique and revolutionary bases for replacing lost tooth structure. These innovative prosthetics increase oral function and improve appearance while supporting the health of important oral structures like gums and bone. Our oral surgeons have extensive experience placing dental implants. Since implants are a newer tooth replacement method, they offer many benefits that some people might not know about. Following are four facts about implants that might surprise you.
Implants are Low Maintenance
When compared to other types of prosthetics, dental implants are considered very low maintenance once they are stable. A dental implant and the restoration it holds are ultimately cleaned the same way that biological teeth are – with brushing and flossing. Specialized cleaning tools and overnight soaking are not required to keep dental implants clean.
Dental Implants Replace Lost Root Structure
A dental implant is a prosthetic made from titanium. It is embedded directly into the jawbone to replace the lost structure of a tooth’s root. Since implants replace the roots of teeth and are held in place by the jaw, patients can enjoy a very natural feeling, durable prosthetic and the sturdy restoration implants can hold. No other prosthetic on the market can replace the missing root structure of lost teeth.
Bone Fuses to Dental Implants
Did you know that the bone in your jaw can literally fuse to dental implants? It’s true; dental implants are supported by bone the same way that bone holds a natural tooth. Bone fusing to a dental implant will keep it in place for decades, if not longer, so that the implant can serve as a sturdy base and anchor for a restoration or prosthetic.
Implants Can Look Very Lifelike
Dental implants themselves are not visible once they are embedded into the jaw. While they aren’t visible, their presence is necessary for supporting restorations. If patients desire the most natural smile replacement method possible, they will choose white restorations made from porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. Dental crowns are used for single tooth replacement while other prosthetics like bridges and dentures can be attached to implants throughout the jaw to replace multiple teeth.
For more information about dental implants, call Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery to reserve a consultation with one of our oral surgeons.