Dental Implants Offer A Long-term, Permanent Solution
Maybe you know someone who wears a fixed dental bridge or conventional dentures who complains that the appliance needs to be replaced every few years when it loses its fit. Or maybe you’ve had that unpleasant experience yourself. Dental implants offer a more durable, stable treatment option for tooth loss, and the appliances supported by these devices can last for decades with proper care.
Dental implants represented a revolutionary advance in tooth replacement technology because they give the patient a root-like structure in the implant itself as well as a prosthetic crown. This is possible because dental implants are small cylinders made of biocompatible titanium. Therefore, the surrounding bone in the jaw is able to form a strong bond with the implant after the implant dentist inserts it into the jaw. This osseointegration process leaves the dental implant as a permanent fixture in the patient’s jaw.
The root-like quality of dental implants confers many benefits on patients who choose this treatment option. First and foremost, by replacing the root structure, an implant dentist helps patients to stabilize their jawbones, which would erode after tooth loss otherwise. That process of jawbone atrophy is what causes conventional appliances—which lack a similar artificial “root”—to lose their fit over time.
Additionally, appliances supported by dental implants, which can be dental bridges or dentures, feel more secure when speaking and eating. Patients don’t have to worry about an inopportune “slip-up” at a most inconvenient time. They also can continue to eat nearly all of the foods they enjoy, even the crunchier ones, as the bond between the bone and the implant facilitates the ability to withstand stronger chewing forces.
In order to take advantage of all of these characteristics of dental implants, patients must have adequate bone at the implant site. Your implant dentist will thoroughly evaluate your case to determine the likelihood of long-term dental implant success.
Patients who want to avoid having their tooth replacement prosthetics replaced every several years should consider dental implants as an alternative. Schedule a consultation at our office at Dallas Dental Concierge to learn more about this treatment option.