Dental implants can be considered one of the most important developments in dentistry in the past few decades because of the obvious advantages they offer. The dental implant procedure that mainly involves the placement of a tiny titanium post into the patient's jawbone surgically offers several benefits that include better oral aesthetics, including enhanced comfort and confidence, and improved oral health.
For all those who have lost one or several teeth as a result of damage or decay, dental implants can be an effective tooth replacement option.
A dental implant procedure involves inserting titanium screws directly into the patient's jawbone to replace the roots of missing teeth permanently. This is done to preserve the strength of the bite and facial structure.
The tooth root is also lost when a patient loses one or several teeth due to decay, infection, or external trauma. Tooth roots are responsible for securing the teeth into the jaw. Besides, tooth roots indicate our body to continue strengthening the bone encompassing the teeth. Once a patient loses their tooth root, these signals stop, leading to the shrinkage of bone and the consequent collapse of the jaw eventually. Therefore, if tooth replacement options like dental bridges and dentures are not secured by dental implants that act as tooth roots, jaw shrinkage and collapse can happen over time.
Here are the top health benefits offered by dental implants.
When a patient loses a tooth, bacteria can accumulate and multiply in the gaps left by the absent teeth. This bacteria can cause severe gum disease if left untreated. When implant-supported restorations fill the missing tooth's space, the health of the patients' gums can be maintained, allowing easier brushing and flossing.
When a patient suffers severe tooth decay that even a root canal treatment can't save, it will need an extraction. A severely damaged tooth is more prone to additional decay and bacteria accumulation. Bacteria hidden within teeth cracks can worsen the existing tooth decay, rigorously weakening the health of the tooth as well as the neighboring tissue. By replacing these decayed teeth using dental implants or implant-supported restorations, it is possible to pave a strong foundation for the patient's future oral health, protecting them from further damage.
When a patient loses his/her tooth, jawbone deterioration and bone erosion can happen. By replacing the missing tooth root with dental implants, jawbone deterioration and bone loss can be stopped.
With traditional dental restoration options like dental bridges, the surrounding teeth need to be altered to fit and hold the prosthetic. However, with dental implants, as the new dental restoration is supported by titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone, the adjacent teeth require minimal tooth alteration, thus maintaining the health of adjacent natural teeth.
South Friendswood offers comprehensive dental procedures, including dental implants, at Friendswood, TX. Call us at (281) 482-7731 or schedule an appointment online.