Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are created in the shape of screws. The devices are placed in the jaw bone and made to bond with your natural bone. They act as a strong base to support one or more artificial teeth called crowns. Many centuries back, in 600 AD, the Mayans are believed to have hammered tooth-shaped shells into the jaw of a woman. It was in 1951 that modern implantology was born. Dental implants are known to be the only option that preserves the natural bone and stimulates bone growth. Over 3 million people in the United States have implants, and 500,000 new people get implants every year.
Dental implants are placed by experienced surgeons; dental implant surgery is one of the most predictable and safest procedures in dentistry. The advantages of getting a dental implant are as follows:
Prevents bone loss: When there is a missing tooth, the jaw bone in the missing empty space begins to deteriorate. If an implant is not placed within the first year, the volume of the bone reduces by 25%.
Perfectly Replaces Natural Roots: Implants ensure that the chewing power is restored. There are no issues associated with missing teeth, and dental hygiene routines such as brushing and flossing do not cause any issue whatsoever.
Prevents Facial Sagging: As a result of bone loss, the face gradually collapses and tends to sag. The changes begin with wrinkles around the mouth, thin lips, and a less-pointed chin, making the person look much older than he or she is.
Keeps adjacent teeth stable: When a missing tooth forms a gap, adjacent teeth tend to shift or lean towards the gap. This can affect your bite, your ability to chew, and your overall appearance too. The misaligned bite could result in pain and headaches as well. The crookedness of teeth can make replacement difficult later.
Keeps Gums Healthy: Food particles and bacteria in the mouth may get trapped in the space created by the missing tooth - leading to harmful gum diseases.
Lasts a Lifetime: Implants are made of biocompatible titanium; that's why they act as powerful tooth and root replacements. While a dental bridge may last for only about ten years, implants last a lifetime.
While implants are replacements to the root, implant restorations are referred to the tooth replacements. Plenty of choices are available when it comes to implant restorations. In case of replacement for a single tooth, dental crowns are the most common option. They are available in porcelain and zirconia - natural-looking and durable material. They can be used for anterior as well as posterior regions and are properly color-matched to adjacent teeth to offer a natural smile. In case two or more teeth need to be replaced, dental bridges or dentures are recommended. These can also be made of porcelain and zirconia. While bridges are permanent devices, dentures are removable. Since each case is unique, the dentist will recommend the right type of restoration.
If a missing tooth has you worried or has affected your self-esteem, do not let it! All you have to do is visit your dentist and get implants and implant restorations. They take a few appointments and will ultimately offer a natural-looking solution.
Call us at 505-867-3999, or please schedule an appointment with Dr. Cowden at his office in Rio Rancho, NM.