For several decades, dental implants have been important and frequently relied-upon resources for helping patients rebuild their smiles following tooth loss. The small, root-like posts are designed to support a dental prosthesis (i.e., crown, bridge, or denture) with the same stability and comfort as natural, healthy teeth roots. In addition to keeping your replacement teeth steady, dental implants also work to help keep the rest of your oral and facial structures strong and healthy.
The Process of Osseointegration
Dental implants are typically made from titanium—a biocompatible material that your jawbone accepts as genuine. When one or more implant posts are inserted into your jawbone, the bone accepts the posts and fuses to their surface as it heals. Known as osseointegration, this process makes the implant posts permanently a part of your jawbone’s anatomy. Once you’ve healed, your dentist can secure your lifelike restoration to your implant posts, completely restoring your smile’s appearance, function, and foundation.
What Implants Do in the Long-Term
Being secured to one or more implant posts means that your replacement teeth don’t need the support of abutment teeth (modified healthy teeth), adhesive, or hidden clasps. This eliminates the need to reduce healthy tooth structure to support your replacement teeth and the risks of your bridge or denture slipping as it loses its grip over time. In the long-term, however, the benefits of implants go beyond comfort. By replacing your lost teeth roots, dental implants reestablish vital stimulation in your jawbone when you bite and chew. The reduction in this stimulation that occurs following the loss of your teeth roots can lead to a gradual erosion of your jawbone structure, which could increase your risks of experiencing further tooth loss.
Find Out if Dental Implants Can Work for Your Smile
To improve the benefits of your dental prosthesis, dental implants can work to hold your replacement teeth in place as well as support the long-term health and strength of your jawbone. To learn more, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling the office of Dr. Jeff Jenkins in Keller, TX, today at (682) 593-0993.