A tooth implant is one of the best ways to replace a missing tooth because unlike many other prosthetics, an implant addresses the loss of all of a tooth’s structure. Moreover, implants are incredibly durable and low-maintenance. Following are five reasons to consider a tooth implant as a replacement option.
Consisting of a titanium post and a permanent crown, a tooth implant is very durable. Unlike dentures, implants and their attached prosthetics will not move during speaking or eating. The reason implants will not move is because they are surgically embedded into the jawbone, which anchors it and the prosthetic crown or bridge in place.
On top of its durability, a dental implant’s lifespan is quite long. In fact, many patients enjoy their new teeth for decades, if not a lifetime. The lifespan of an implant is long because the bone surrounding the implant literally fuses around the titanium post.
Compared to removable prosthetics like dentures, implants are quite easy to care for. Like teeth, the prosthetics attached to implants are brushed and flossed. This means that patients will not have to soak their new teeth overnight or take them out for external cleaning on top of routine oral hygiene.
Restored Oral Function
Once the jawbone has fully integrated around the implant’s base, patients will enjoy completely restored oral function. This is because their prosthetic teeth will not move about in the mouth during speaking or eating. Implants also support adjacent biological teeth, which keeps teeth in a healthy, upright position and prevents uneven distribution of pressure and force during biting and chewing.
When it comes to the permanent prosthetic that is attached to the implant’s post, patients have options on which materials they choose. For the most natural looking replacement tooth, we recommend porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain closely resembles the color and texture of natural teeth.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, call our practice to reserve a consultation with our oral surgeon.