Have you lost one or more teeth? If you have, you are likely feeling self-conscious about your smile and you may have noticed changes in your gums and shape of your mouth. Not only is losing teeth a traumatic and distressing experience, it will also negatively affect your oral health. Fortunately, you can enjoy a complete smile and a number of oral health benefits by receiving dental implants from our oral surgeon.
How Dental Implants Benefit Oral Health
Beyond filling in the gaps of a smile missing teeth, dental implants support the entire oral health system. Your gums, teeth, and facial bones work together to support the structures in your mouth. When a part of this system is damaged or missing, it will affect the entire mouth. An example of this is the fact that when a tooth is lost, a patient holds a higher risk for losing even more teeth because teeth near empty sockets will shift and move because they lack proper support. Dental implants are permanent and sturdy and provide the support teeth require to stay in place. An additional benefit to receiving implants is that they support bone health and prevent the body from resorbing bone mass, which is very common after tooth loss.
The Components of a Dental Implant
Compared to other types of tooth replacement methods like dentures, dental implants are very unique. A dental implant consists of two major components. The first part is a titanium post or rod that is inserted surgically into the jawbone where it will replace a biological tooth’s structure below the surface of the gums, much like a tooth’s root. After a patient has healed appropriately after the initial procedure, a dental crown will be attached to the titanium rod. A crown is a tooth-shaped prosthetic that is created in a dental laboratory to the exact needs of the patient. The crown provides a biting surface for chewing or tearing food and fills in the gap of a lost tooth.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with our skilled team of oral surgeons.