In the past, tooth loss was commonly treated with removable prosthetics that only replaced the visible surfaces of teeth. While these prosthetics are still used, dental implants provide an alternative that functions much more like biological teeth. Dental implants are revolutionary because they improve oral function, are long lasting, and provide a lifelike appearance.
An Overview of Implant Dentistry
Conventional prosthetics like dentures do not address the loss of the roots of teeth. Dental implants, however, serve as prosthetics for the root systems of teeth and are sturdy enough to anchor crowns, bridges, and dentures in place.
Dental implants can be used to replace one missing tooth, a few, or a total arch of teeth. Single-tooth replacement involves securing a dental crown to one implant whereas multiple teeth can be replaced with bridges or dentures anchored to a few implants.
A dental implant is a small, screw-shaped prosthetic that is constructed from titanium. This metal is ideal for replacing hard tissue because the body can integrate to its structure. Over time, the jaw surrounding the implant will fuse around it, much like bone fuses to the biological roots of teeth.
The prosthetics or restorations anchored to dental implants can look and feel like natural teeth. They are custom made to fit each person’s unique oral anatomy for maximum comfort and optimal aesthetics.
Implant dentistry provides a number of great benefits to patients including:
- Dental implants are permanent and long-lasting. They can last for decades, if not the rest of a person’s life.
- Since implants anchor prosthetics, patients can speak clearly without their prosthetic teeth moving out of place.
- Dental implants increase control when eating. This reduces dietary restrictions and helps people maintain balanced diets.
- Implant dentistry produces lifelike replacement teeth that can improve a person’s self-esteem and confidence. Depression and social isolation are common side effects of tooth loss.
The only way to determine if this tooth replacement method suits your needs is to schedule a consultation with an implant dentist. Our practice provides dental implants for single- and multi-tooth replacement. Call Tate Family Dentistry today to reserve your appointment.