Are you suffering from a missing tooth? Perhaps you have lost more than one tooth and now realize how significantly tooth loss affects your everyday life. Since losing teeth in adulthood has many far-reaching effects on oral health and overall wellbeing, patients should review their tooth replacement options to help prevent further destruction to their health. Our skilled oral surgeons offer dental implants, the most life-like and natural-looking replacement available today for missing teeth.
A Brief Overview of Dental Implants
Dental implants are unlike traditional tooth replacement methods because they replace both the crown and the roots of teeth. Surgically placed into the jawbone through an empty tooth socket, implants are made from titanium and resemble a small screw. Since they are embedded into the bone, they provide a sturdy anchor to a prosthetic crown. Over time, the jawbone surrounding the titanium rod will fuse around the implant just as bone does with the roots of teeth. Once this process is complete, a permanent crown made from porcelain or metal is attached to an abutment on the implant. The crown is tooth-shaped and will provide a proper biting surface for eating while also supporting nearby teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Implants are advantageous for a number of reasons. These permanent replacement teeth will not move in the mouth as dentures do and typically last much longer than bridges. Since the implants address the loss of tooth structure below the gums, patients are less likely to encounter bone atrophy, which affects the livelihood of existing teeth and changes the shape of the face.
Unlike removable prosthetics, dental implants are cleaned and cared for just like biological teeth. Patients will floss and brush as they normally would along with receiving regular oral examinations and professional cleanings. Properly placed implants can last a lifetime.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options and dental implants, call Stonebriar Facial & Oral Surgery to schedule a consultation today.