The concept of replacing lost teeth is an important one. Whether you’re missing all of your teeth, or only one, replacing them (or it) is the only way to restore your mouth’s full ability to function, not to mention its beautiful appearance. If you’ve heard of dental implants, then you may also have heard that, in most cases, they can offer the most lifelike solutions to rebuilding your smile. However, how they mimic your natural teeth is the true marvel, and the secret to success for modern dental implants.
THE DIFFERENCE A ROOT MAKES
Implants stabilize your replacement teeth
Dental implants are like roots for your replacement teeth (i.e., dental crown, partial denture, or full denture), and are surgically inserted into your jawbone in place of your natural teeth’s roots. Rather than discreet hinges or adhesives—or in the case of dental bridges, surrounding teeth—implants provide anchors embedded in your jawbone for unmatched structural support.
Implants help stimulate jawbone health
In addition to stabilizing your dental prosthetic, implants also restore another vital function of teeth roots—stimulating your jawbone to encourage a healthy flow of nutrient-rich blood. Reestablishing this stimulation helps prevent your jawbone from losing mass and density, which in turn could lead to further tooth loss in the future.
Implants can last for life
After years of grinding and tearing your food, your replacement teeth will eventually wear down and require readjustments or replacement. Dental implants, however, are designed to last for life. Made from biocompatible titanium, the implant is accepted by your jawbone, which fuses to the titanium surface as you heal.
Though you may have to eventually change your crown or denture restoration, the process will be simpler since your jawbone will not have changed shape, and your implant post(s) will remain to support your new restoration.
ABOUT YOUR GARLAND DENTIST:
Dr. Vi Mai and the caring staff at Mai Dentistry are dedicated to ensuring that our patients are proud of their beautiful, healthy smiles. With years of experience in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, we can expertly diagnose and treat early dental trouble to preserve your natural tooth structure. To learn more, or to schedule your next appointment, call us today at (972) 530-0552.