Do Dental Implants Mimic the Natural Tooth Structure?
Dental implant treatment is a popular form of smile reconstruction, designed to restore the natural appearance of the tooth and also preserve the overall aesthetic appearance of the smile.
Tooth implant treatments also help in other areas of a patient’s oral health, by mimicking the natural function of the now-missing tooth, helping to preserve the health of other teeth, as well as the appearance of the smile and face.
When a tooth is lost, the support it lends to adjoining teeth is lost; this can result in the adjoining teeth shifting position, leading to a misaligned biting pattern and potential looseness of the remaining teeth. With dental implants, however, the dentist can restore the strength and support of the missing tooth while aiding in the preservation of the patient’s gum tissue and jawbone mass.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement treatment that can offer the full dental health benefits of a natural tooth.
A dental implant involves the dentist placing a small titanium support onto the patient’s jawbone, where it bonds with the bone over a period of time to offer strength to the implant. A dental crown is affixed onto the titanium support to provide a natural finish.
The titanium support used in the treatment mimics the function of the natural tooth’s root, by helping to stimulate the growth and health of the surrounding gum tissue, and helps to promote healthy jawbone structure. The implant also serves to provide strength and support to the dental crown, much like the natural tooth’s root does.
This process helps not only to maintain the health of the gums and jawbone, but also the shape of the mouth and cheeks, which could begin to shrink in the absence of a tooth. Speech could also become affected by a missing tooth, but with a dental implant, a patient’s speech pattern and pronunciation can be preserved.
In contrast, if a tooth is missing for any length of time and not replaced with a tooth implant, the gum tissue and jawbone that surrounded the missing tooth would begin to recede and lessen, making future implant treatment more difficult for the dentist to perform. Over time, the recession of gum tissue and bone mass would begin to encroach onto other teeth, weakening their own structure and leading to potential further tooth loss.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement treatment that can offer the full dental health benefits of a natural tooth. Unlike other forms of reconstructive treatments, the patient is not limited in their choice of diet, while after-care is simply the patient’s own dental hygiene program.
To learn more about your treatment options and to schedule your individualized consultation, contact the Dallas office of Dr. Melisa Christian at 214-522-4330 today.