Dental implants do far more than simply replace missing, damaged, or lost teeth. They can help preserve the health of existing natural teeth. When a tooth is missing, the space left behind can weaken the jawbone and adjacent remaining teeth. A dental implant helps to stabilize that region of the jawbone and teeth, maintaining proper alignment, distributing pressure for a healthy bite, and improving overall conditions.
The Components Of A Dental Implant
A dental implant is composed of two important features, a titanium post and a prosthetic crown. The titanium post has a ridged texture that resembles a screw. This post is inserted into the jawbone. Since the post is constructed of titanium, the bone mass surrounding the implant site will eventually fuse around the post and anchor it in place. This process of bone integration allows this part of the implant to replace a tooth’ s root.
After the initial surgery where the titanium post is placed, patients will enter arecovery and stabilization period. Once the bone has properly fused to the implant, patients will return to receive the second component, a permanent, prosthetic crown. The crown is custom made so that it perfectly fits in a patient’s mouth.
Dental Implants And Oral Health
When a patient loses a tooth, he or she is at risk for losing more teeth simply because teeth near an empty tooth socket are unsupported. Teeth that are unsupported can shift into empty spaces over time. By replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant, patients can diminish their risk for further tooth loss. Dental implants also prevent bone atrophy and restore oral function.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, we welcome you to schedule a consultation. At your appointment, we will perform an examination to determine if implants are right for you. Contact Smile Esthetics Scottdale at (480) 867-1727 today!