Last week we discussed how dentures can restore lost teeth and help you enjoy a whole smile again. Today, we’re taking a look at a more lifelike and longer lasting solution to tooth loss: dental implants. Will dental implants help preserve your smile? How are they placed and do you qualify for one?
Common Questions About Dental Implants and Smile Preservation
Question: How does tooth loss lead to loss of jawbone density?
Answer: The body takes notice of a missing tooth root. In response, the body stops supplying the jawbone with doses of calcium and phosphorous. Depriving the jawbone of these nutrients causes the bone to dissolve over time, leading to further tooth loss and an older appearance. Other complications of tooth loss include misalignment, TMJ disorder, and bruxism.
Question: Can dental implant preserve facial structure?
Answer: Yes. Implants are made from biocompatible titanium and recognized as natural roots. The body resumes the flow of nutrients, stimulating the growth of jawbone tissue and protecting the smile from facial collapse. You can then avoid losing additional teeth and maintain your youthful features.
Question: How are they placed?
Answer: An oral surgeon will place the implant post directly into the jawbone. As the area heals, the implant post will bond with the jawbone tissue. We will then place a dental crown onto the post, held in place with a special abutment, completing the tooth.
Question: Will my new tooth look natural?
Answer: Yes. The restoration placed onto the post will be made from lifelike ceramic, which can withstand bite pressures and mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel. As a result, the new tooth will blend seamlessly with your smile. If you have any questions about dental implants, then please contact our office today.