Dental implants are a great way to address tooth loss without the need for altering neighboring structures in the mouth—especially existing healthy teeth. Ideal for the replacement of a single tooth, placing an implant involves minor dental surgery where our oral surgeon embeds a metal post into the jawbone. This post will serve the same purpose as a missing tooth’s root system. Dental implants will actually support neighboring healthy teeth by keeping them upright and by stimulating the jawbone so that the body does not resorb bone mass.
Following is some helpful information about implants and their benefits.
What is the lifespan of a dental implant?
A dental implant can last for the rest of a person’s life—especially when cared for properly. The reason that implants are so durable is due to a biological process called osseointegration where bone literally integrates to metal.
Since implants are posts made from titanium, a biocompatible metal, the bone surrounding the implant will anchor it in place, permanently. The fact that bone supports an implant is what makes this prosthetic an ideal replacement for the roots of a tooth and a sturdy pillar for a crown.
How are implants different from bridges or partial dentures?
Implants differ from bridges and partial dentures by addressing lost tooth structure beneath the gums. A bridge or denture will only replace visible tooth structure. Over time, however, lack of bone stimulation will cause atrophy because the body will begin to absorb bone mass in the jaw. An implant supports bone health, which in turn, supports the entire oral health system.
Will my smile look natural?
There are a couple options patients have for restorative materials that will lend a very natural appearance. If patients choose porcelain or porcelain fused over metal for the restorations attached to dental implants, their smiles will look incredibly lifelike.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
The best candidates for dental implants should have no signs of advanced gum disease and be healthy enough to heal from dental surgery. Scheduling a consultation with our oral surgeon is the only way to determine if implants are right for you.
Call us at Texas Oral Surgery Specialists today to reserve an appointment.