3 Important Truths About Dental Implants

Even before you experienced tooth loss, you may have been familiar with dental implants. As the only prosthetic dental option to replace the roots of your lost teeth, dental implants stand apart as one of the most lifelike smile restorations. Because of that unique ability, dental implants are an increasingly more popular solution for rebuilding smiles that have lost teeth, and their benefits have proven far more important than patients realize at first.

1. They’re not like other replacement teeth

The most significant thing about dental implants is what, exactly, they replace. While traditional dental prostheses, like bridges and dentures, are designed to replace the crowns of your teeth, dental implants are posts that replace your lost teeth roots. This means each post is inserted into your jawbone, which heals to the surface of the post, and can then be used to support your dental prosthesis. With the support of more root-like anchors, your bridge or denture won’t need to rely on abutment teeth, clasps, or adhesives to remain in place. The more stable support system also prevents your prosthesis from gradually losing its grip and shifting along your dental ridge.

2. Your smile need some prep work first

The secret to how dental implants work is the process by which your jawbone fuses to their surfaces. This process, known as osseointegration, requires that your jawbone be strong and healthy enough, and that the rest of your smile is free of disease (such as gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss). Therefore, before receiving dental implants, you may need treatment to address gum disease, or to strengthen a weakened jawbone to support your implant posts. After a thorough examination, we can help you determine if any prerequisite treatments will be necessary as part of your smile restoration plan.

3. The benefits are more profound than you realize

The advantages to replacing your lost teeth roots range from the immediately improved support of your replacement teeth to the more profound, long-term preservation of your smile. Root-like anchors make your replacement teeth more comfortable and stable, but they also stimulate your jawbone when you bite and chew. This is vital to ensuring your jawbone structure receives an ample supply of minerals and nutrients in the future. After losing teeth roots, the reduction of this stimulation is one of the most important aspects of your oral health, as it can lead to heightened risks of further tooth loss as your jawbone loses mass and density.

Learn more about lifelike dental implants

You have several options for replacing one or more lost teeth, but the truth is only dental implants can properly address the loss of your teeth roots. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.