A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
Dental Implants behave like natural teeth
One of the biggest advantages of an implant is that it restores full chewing power. Most patients can't tell the difference between their natural teeth and the implant tooth. They can eat with it normally , and they can brush and floss normally as well.
Dental Implants can last a lifetime
Where as a dental brigdge may only last around 10 years or so, dental implants can last a lifetime. The implant is made from titanium and integrantes whith the jawdone. It's bio-compatible, meaning that it's non-toxic and not rejected by the body. All in all it marks a powerful replacement tooth.
Dental Implants prevent bone loss
Where there is no tooth, the jaw bone in the empty space deteriorates due to lack of stimulation. If no implant is placed in the first year of losing a tooth, that bone area loses 25% of it's volume, and bone loss cotinues over the years.
Dentures can even accelerate bone loss as they often become loose, and then rub against the tooth, and chewing is restored to normal, it provides the need stimulation for natural bone growth.
Dental Implants keep adjacent teeth stable
The gap from a missing tooth can cause adjacent teeth to shift towards tha gap. This pulls your teeth out of position and can affect your ability to chew and your appearance. It can cause interference that makes tooth replacement difficult later. A poor bite can also lead to issues with your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and may result in pain and headaches.
Dental Implants can prevent facial sagging and premature aging
Facial sagging can be an unwanted effect of bone loss resulting from missing teeth. This is where the lower third of the face starts to collapse, gradually closing the distance between the tip of the nose and the chin. Changes can include excess wrinkles around the mouth, thinning lips and more pointed chin, making the person look a lot older that his or her true age.
What can I expect after receiving a Dental Implant?
As you know, your own teeth requiere conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits, Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In oder to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply!
Periodic follow-up visit will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.
It you need dental implants or want more information contact our Huntington Beach Dentist.