Why have dental implants become so popular? Are they a treatment fad or vanity that only a few people can afford? Believe it or not, dental implants have become the dental standard of care when it comes to treating areas where missing teeth are present.
Dental Implants Are Stand-Alone Treatments
A lot of tooth replacement treatments depend on other teeth being present. Either they clasp around the existing tooth or are permanently cemented to the tooth for support. This means that healthy tooth structure is sometimes altered when there’s no need to do so. Dental implants are placed by themselves in any area, regardless of whether other teeth are present.
They Are Stronger Than Real Teeth
Natural tooth roots can fracture, wear away, or even decay. Dental implants are artificial roots that are made of titanium – a material that is used in surgical joint replacements. Just one dental implant can support more weight and pressure than a natural tooth can! In fact, as few as 4 dental implants can support an entire full mouth denture (sometimes called an “All on 4” denture.)
Implants Make Your Jaw Stronger
Placing an implant into the mouth encourages new bone growth within the jaw. Not only does this stabilize the dental implant, it also strengthens the jawbone. When teeth are missing, jawbone typically resorbs and becomes weaker in that area. By installing a dental implant, further bone loss is avoided; in fact it is reversed, because new bone formation occurs around the implant which both strengthens the implant as well as the bone.
Missing teeth can compromise other healthy teeth in the mouth. It’s time to talk to your dentist about how implants can help your smile.
Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental
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