Has tooth loss reduced your self-esteem? Losing teeth is distressing. Tooth loss has a negative effect on our self-image because it noticeably affects our appearance. People experience difficulty eating without all their teeth because every tooth is necessary to distribute the forces associated with chewing and tearing food.
Fortunately, dental implants offer a unique, long-lasting approach to treating tooth loss. They restore oral function so that people can eat and speak as they would have prior to losing teeth. Our implant dentist offers tooth loss consultations to those reviewing their treatment options.
The Basics on Dental Implants
Dental implants aren’t like any other kind of prosthetic. This is because implants are the only thing available that can replace the roots of teeth. The roots of our teeth are anchored by jawbone. Other prosthetics only replace the visible surfaces of teeth. A dental implant can replace the roots of teeth because the jawbone will integrate to its structure and hold it in place.
An implant is a titanium post that resembles a screw. One end of the implant is tapered and the implant’s diameter widens when measured from top to bottom. It also has a ridged surface for added stability.
Our implant dentist embeds the tapered end of the dental implant into the jawbone. Over time, bone will literally fuse to the titanium implant. Restorations or prosthetics are attached to abutments on dental implants after implants have been stabilized by bone.
Restorations like crowns and prosthetics like bridges are used to complete the tooth replacement process. These tooth-shaped restorations and prosthetics provide the structures necessary to bite and tear food. They also support other prosthetics and biological teeth by keeping them upright and spaced properly.
Those who desire as natural a replacement tooth as possible can choose tooth-colored materials to make their restorations and prosthetics. Porcelain and porcelain fused to metal make for lifelike dental crowns and bridges.
Scheduling a Dental Implant Consultation
A dental implant consultation is necessary for finding out if you are a candidate for this treatment option. Patients must be healthy enough for oral surgery and have adequate bone mass to support implants. Consultations are a great time to ask questions and voice concerns.
Call us today at Brend Dental to reserve an implant dentistry appointment.