How Dental Implants Secure Your Jaw Health
Learn more about how dental implants can promote better jawbone health and a healthier smile.
About Dental Implants
Dental implants offer patients a long-term solution to replacing one, several or all of their missing teeth. By surgically placing a small, titanium post into the jawbone of the missing tooth’s socket we create a dental prosthetic that acts just like a natural tooth’s root. After the implant is placed, a couple months will pass in which the natural tissue and bone surrounding it will begin to grow and fuse with the metal implant, making it a permanent fixture within your jawbone.
After this takes place we will uncover the implant and place a metal abutment on top. An abutment serves as a connector to securely hold an artificial tooth to the implant. Once the abutment is placed on we will cement the dental crown on top to revive your once toothless smile.
Dental Implants and Jaw Health
Dental implants boast a lot of unique benefits that other tooth loss treatment options don’t. One of the biggest benefits of getting dental implants in Batavia is that it preserves the health of your jaw. When you lose a tooth you will also start to notice bone loss. Over time, this lose of jawbone density will cause your cheeks to sink in, which can make patients appear older than they are.
While dentures and dental bridges can’t actually preserve bone loss, dental implants can. This is because the implant is actually placed into the jawbone. Furthermore the tissues and bone surrounding the metal easily meld with titanium through a natural process known as osseointegration. Once this occurs your implant is permanently stabilized in the jawbone. Not only does this prevent bone loss from occurring but the implant actually promotes the growth of healthy new bone cells.
Other Benefits of Dental Implants
Besides preventing bone loss, dental implants also offer other advantages. First, they are designed to look and feel just like natural teeth. In fact, no one will be able to tell that your implant isn’t actually a real tooth.
Since dental implants are surgically placed into your jawbone, you won’t have to worry about the implants moving around or slipping while eating or talking. This is often an issue for someone who wears dentures. Dental implants offer lasting confidence to enjoy meals and talk with colleagues without worrying that they might slip around or make noise.
Furthermore, you can treat implants just like natural teeth. Instead of having to purchase cleaning products, as you would with dentures, dental implants can be brushed and flossed just like a natural tooth. No need to change your entire oral care regime once you get dental implants. Just take care of your implants and they will take care of you!
If you want to find out whether dental implants are right for your smile, set up a consultation with your Batavia dentist, Dr. John C. Koechley, DDS today. We would be happy to get you on your way to a new and improved smile.