Dental implants are becoming more popular with people who want to maintain the integrity and look of the structure of their mouth after they have lost one or more teeth. An implant consists of a titanium metal post that is placed directly into the jaw bone. A replacement tooth or bridge is then attached to the top to replace the missing teeth and maintain the mouth’s natural appearance. As part of restorative dental care, dental implants have many benefits that help improve our patients’ oral health.
Dental Implants Provide Stability
A dental implant will not shift or slide like a partial or set of dentures. Because it is attached directly to the bone, it remains firmly in place adding stability and providing the comfort of knowing the implant will not move while eating or speaking.
Prevents Bone Loss
When teeth are lost, the jaw bone will begin to gradually deteriorate. Once the dental implant is in place, the bone will remodel around it causing new bone growth. This actually prevents bone loss and will help to strengthen the structure of the jaw. Strengthening the jaw bone will help to hold the other teeth in place as well.
Keeps Other Teeth in Place
When a tooth is lost it creates a wide gap. Without the tooth, there is nothing to hold the teeth on either side in place causing them to shift. This throws off the alignment of the jaw and results in jaw pain and damage to other, nearby teeth. When an implant is put in place, it acts as an abutment preventing the other teeth from shifting.
Dental implants are designed to be permanent. Once they are in place and bone has grown around them, they become stable additions that are part of the bone structure of the mouth and jaw.
Dental implants are ideal for when one or more teeth are lost, but they are quickly becoming an option for people who want a full set of dentures. Dentures and partials can be designed so that they snap in and out of place for easy cleaning, while the posts help to protect the integrity of the jawline.
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At Ultimate Smile Design, our caring and professional dentists take pride in their ability to restore the beauty and function to your smile. Contact us today in our Palm Bay, FL office to schedule a consultation for dental implants or other restorative dental care. We look forward to helping you with all of your dental care needs.