Dental implants are one of the popular cosmetic dentistry prosthetics that can be used to replace missing teeth. Implants are highly recommended by dentists due to the many advantages that they have over alternatives like dentures and bridges, such as their bone-preserving properties.
An implant replaces all the parts of a missing tooth, including its root. The implant is typically a titanium screw that goes inside the patient's jawbone. It sits where the root of the missing tooth used to be.
After an implant has been inserted into a person's jaw, it begins to fuse with the bone tissues holding it in place on a molecular and cellular level. The implant eventually becomes part of the patient's jaw, and it is stable enough to serve as a base for restorations like crowns, bridges, and dentures.
Implants are often combined with other teeth replacement restorations used in cosmetic dentistry to give patients a more comfortable and affordable solution. For example, implant-supported dentures might be recommended for a person who has lost most of their real teeth.
Implants help improve the way that a person's smile looks, and they function like real teeth. These are the only types of artificial teeth that are virtually identical to real teeth. Reasons that many patients choose implants include the following.
1. Implants promote bone tissue regeneration
Losing a tooth often triggers a breakdown of bone tissues in the jaw. This is due to the jawbone no longer getting the stimulation it needs. Just as muscles break down when they are no longer used, the same goes for bone tissues.
An implant functions just like a real tooth's root, so it passes down bite forces into the jaw when the wearer chews food. This sends a message to the tissues that new bone cells are needed, preventing bone tissue loss. Bone loss can lead to a sunken look and wrinkles forming around the mouth. With implants, patients get to keep a well-defined jaw.
2. Implants keep teeth properly aligned
Not replacing a missing tooth can lead to the remaining ones moving out of place. This often occurs as these teeth try to close the space created by the missing tooth. That can lead to bite issues, tooth decay and difficulty chewing. Replacing a missing tooth with any restorations can stop this.
3. Implants make it easier to eat and speak
Implants feel natural in the wearer's mouth, so eating and speaking with them feels like they are real teeth. Doing these things with alternatives like dentures typically requires practice.
Call or visit our Phoenix clinic to learn more about how implants can be used to replace your missing teeth.
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