For those with missing teeth, the decision to have teeth replaced is an important one. The best choice for tooth replacement is dental implants. Implants not only provide the most comfortable and realistic prosthetic teeth, they also help prevent atrophy in the jawbone. By contrast, denture wearers experience loss of tissue in the jawbone as time passes.
Dental Implants and Jawbone Growth
Dental implants provide state-of-the-art tooth replacement that offers not only new, realistic-looking teeth but also a replacement tooth root. The artificial root makes a dramatic difference in the health of your jawbone. Under regular circumstances, the roots of your teeth stimulate the bone tissue to regenerate. If the root is missing, however, the body naturally reabsorbs the bone tissue that makes up the socket. Over time, the mass of the jawbone decreases significantly, resulting in a shrunken look to the face.
With dental implants, your periodontist places an artificial tooth root made of titanium or a titanium alloy directly in the tooth socket. The bone then naturally bonds to the titanium. This bond allows stimulation of the bone so the material of the socket is not resorbed. With implants, your face will not change shape, because the bone continues to regenerate.
How Do I Know If Dental Implants Are Right for Me?
If you are interested in dental implants to replace your missing teeth, consult with your periodontist to determine if you are a good candidate. Some conditions can make it more difficult for your implants to heal. If you have any of these issues, you should either have them treated before your implant surgery or discuss the viability of implants with your periodontist. These issues include:
- Tobacco use
- Existing gum disease
- Diabetes or an autoimmune disorder
- Lack of necessary mass in the jawbone to anchor an implant
If you have gum disease, you can have successful implants if you receive treatment before your procedure. Bone grafts can be used to shore up the bone in the jaw to provide a good foundation for implants. To find out more about your eligibility for dental implants, speak to our specialist!