A missing tooth can cause oral health problems, reduce self-confidence, and negatively impact quality of life. Dental implants restore a tooth lost to injury, infection, or extraction. There are a number of ways to restore your smile and bring your confidence back. An alternative to bridges, partials or complete dentures may be dental implants. Implants are used to replace missing roots and support artificial replacement teeth.
A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium metal. It is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of the natural tooth. An artificial replacement tooth is then attached to the implant. The implant acts as an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place.
If you are in good general health, have healthy gums and have enough bone in the jaw to hold an implant, dental implants might be right for you. If your jawbone has shrunk or if it has not developed normally, you may be able to have a bone graft to build up the bone. A bone graft is a way of adding new bone to your jawbone.
Traditional dental prosthetics replace only the crown portion of teeth – that’s the white portion we see above the gum line. Our teeth, however, extend below the gum line and into the jaw. Teeth roots anchor natural teeth to the jawbone.
Another benefit of implants is bone stimulation. Our jawbone will deteriorate over time without stimulation from teeth roots. Traditional bridges, partials, and dentures lend no stimulation to bone; therefore, it degenerates. Implants, however, help keep bone dense and strong.
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