Tooth loss is a serious problem and finding the tooth replacement method to meet your needs is incredibly important for your quality of life. Advancements in surgical techniques, prosthetic materials, and oral health technology have greatly improved the way dental professionals approach tooth replacement.
Today, many regard dental implants as the ideal tooth replacement solution. While the science behind dental implants is well known among dentists and oral surgeons, the general public might not know how beneficial dental implants truly are. Below are a few reasons why dental implants make for excellent replacement teeth.
Lifelike Replacement Teeth
A dental implant replaces the root structure of teeth. This is done by embedding a titanium screw-like prosthetic (dental implant) into the jawbone through the empty tooth socket. Over time, bone fuses to the titanium structure of an implant so that it is stable and sturdy.
Once the process of bone fusing to metal is complete, a lifelike restoration is attached to the dental implant. Common restorations include crowns and bridges. When patients choose tooth-colored materials for their restorations, their replacement tooth can look (and function) very much like a biological tooth.
Dental implants are permanent and fixed. They are not removed for overnight soaking and do not require special cleansing tools and solutions. Dental implants are considered low maintenance because they are cleaned as natural teeth are by brushing and flossing. Once a dental implant is stabilized, patients need to commit to practicing thorough oral hygiene and routine oral health checkups.
Durable and Long Lasting
Did you know that a dental implant could last for the rest of your life? It’s true. Dental implants have incredibly long life spans – especially compared to other prosthetics like dentures. This is because implants are held in place by bone. They will not move or budge. Made from titanium, stable dental implants are durable enough to withstand the force associated with eating food while preserving bone by keeping it active.
For more information about dental implants, we recommend scheduling a consultation with one of our oral surgeons. At your appointment, we will perform an oral examination to determine if this treatment option meets your needs. Call us today at Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery to reserve an appointment.