Losing a tooth, or several, is a serious concern for your smile, and for more reasons than you might immediately realize. The good news is that you have a variety of options for rebuilding your smile, depending on how many teeth you’ve lost, and most can be created with highly lifelike results. However, for many patients who experience tooth loss, the most effective option is one supported by an appropriate number of dental implant posts. Dental implants are designed to replace your lost teeth roots, making them able to support your restoration with similar comfort and stability.
The way dental implants work
A dental implant-supported restoration consists of three main parts – the dental implant post (or posts), an abutment for the post, and the lifelike restoration that’s secured in place. Dental implant posts are made from biocompatible titanium, and after they’re placed in your jawbone, the surrounding bone structure heals to each implant post. This gives them the stability and security to support your dental crown, bridge, or denture with almost as much durability as your healthy, natural teeth roots.
The few requirements to receiving them
Being biocompatible means that titanium implant posts can be compatible with most patients’ smiles. However, receiving dental implants requires surgical placement of the posts within your jawbone, and their success relies on your jawbone’s ability to support them. This means you should have enough healthy, strong jawbone structure to qualify for dental implant placement, or receive jawbone grafting to strengthen the structure first. Also, your smile should be free of gum disease, or you should have the disease under control, as it could erode the jawbone structure and gum tissues that you’ll need to support your dental implants long-term.
The long-term benefits they provide
The ability to replace your lost teeth roots might seem like a minor benefit at first, even if it is a welcome one. Yet, the importance of dental implants may be more significant than you expect. Your teeth roots are important parts of your overall oral health, as their stimulation is what promotes the essential flow of nutrients to your jawbone. Replacing lost teeth roots with dental implant posts is the only way to preserve this flow after you lose one or more teeth, which helps keep your jawbone strong and reduces your risks of further tooth loss.
Learn if you should get dental implants
Replacing lost teeth with dental implants means restoring your smile with more durable and lifelike results. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Yelena Popkova D.D.S. in Merrimack, NH, today at 603-595-9400. We also serve the residents of Nashua, Hudson, Manchester, Milford, and all surrounding communities.