Dental implants are the most natural-looking and -feeling option to replace missing teeth. In addition, implants help maintain the growth of your jawbone by stimulating the tissue to regenerate. If you have missing teeth, talk to an implant dentist about how implants can help you maintain your jawbone.
How Implants Work
Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants include an artificial root. This root is placed directly into the jawbone and holds your new tooth in place just like the original root. The titanium used to make the implant is an important part of this process, because bone bonds to it. This means your new tooth will remain in place no matter what you bite or chew.
The bond created between the jawbone and the titanium tooth root also means the bone tissue will naturally regenerate. With your original teeth, the root shifts slightly in the socket every time you bite or chew, which stimulates the bone tissue to continue to grow. Without this stimulation, the bone that makes up the tooth socket is resorbed into the body. The implant, however, will signal to the body that the socket is being used, and so the bone will continue to regenerate. This prevents your jaw from developing the “sunken” look that develops in people who have worn dentures or have been completely toothless for long periods of time.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
If you have any missing teeth, you are a candidate for dental implants. However, you should consult with an implant dentist to be sure you do not have any issues with your health or your mouth that could make it difficult for you to heal after an implant procedure. These issues include:
- Are you a smoker?
- Do you have gum disease?
- Are you taking medication for osteoporosis?
- Is your jawbone strong enough to support implants?
- Do you have diabetes or an autoimmune disorder?
If you have any of these issues, talk to your implant dentist about the best strategy to ensure your implants will heal properly to provide you with a beautiful smile.
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