Severe injuries may lead to tooth loss, and patients who want to restore their smiles in such circumstances should thoroughly research all of their options in order to find the best prosthetic. Many patients will prefer to turn to dental implants, which offer the only structurally complete replacement tooth.
A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder. After the dental implant is placed in a patient’s jaw, the bone will fuse with the dental implant over time because titanium is biocompatible. That osseointegration process renders the dental implant a permanent fixture in the patient’s jaw, and the implant can then support a prosthetic restoration. As such, the dental implant essentially functions like a pseudoroot, both supporting a crown and securing the underlying jawbone.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer patients a variety of benefits. The shape of the jaw remains constant after dental implant placement, so implant-supported appliances will retain their fit unlike conventional prosthetics. When you properly care for your dental implants, they can actually remain in place for decades.
Additionally, the connection between bone and implant facilitates more thorough chewing. Dental implants can withstand stronger chewing forces, which means that patients won’t have to eliminate as many foods from their diets, if any at all. Patients who choose dental implants can continue to eat a variety of nutritious foods.
Candidate for Dental Implants
In order to be eligible for dental implants, patients must have adequate bone tissue to support osseointegration at the implant site. Your implant dentist will examine your jaw and take x-rays to make sure that you are a good candidate for this treatment. If you don’t have sufficient bone, you still may be eligible for eventual dental implant placement if you undergo a preliminary bone graft to supplement the bone tissue at the site.
If you want a structurally complete tooth replacement option that will maximize the prosthetic’s functionality and convenience, you should investigate dental implants. Call our office today to schedule a consultation and learn more about this treatment option.