One unfortunate consequence of tooth loss is a significant negative impact on the patient’s self-confidence. Patients may also have concerns that the replacement tooth won’t hold up well or it will fall far short of replicating the functionality of the natural tooth. Fortunately, dental implants can address both of these concerns, boosting the patient’s self-esteem and peace of mind.
Dental implants offer the most structurally complete tooth replacement available to patients. The implant itself is a small cylinder made of titanium, a material with which the surrounding bone can form an attachment to render the implant as a permanent fixture in the jaw. This structural quality helps implants to mimic the roots of natural teeth. No alternative option for tooth replacement has such a structure that is connected to the bone.
That link to the bone offers dental implant patients more stability than those who opt for other appliances, such as dental bridges and conventional dentures. In addition to supporting the prosthetic, the implant also anchors the jawbone so its shape remains more consistent over time. Furthermore, an implant-supported denture is much less likely to slip out of place, which also is reassuring to patients.
Dental implants offer the most structurally complete tooth replacement available to patients.
When a dental implant is used to replace a single missing tooth, it tends to be easier to maintain than a dental bridge, which restricts the patient’s access to the gumline, requiring additional tools to floss properly. Dental implants stand alone, so patients can use their standard brushing and flossing techniques. Additionally, dental implants do not require any support from neighboring teeth. Alternatively, a dental bridge needs to have crowns placed on adjoining teeth, which can in turn weaken those teeth.
Your oral surgeon can advise you of all of the benefits of dental implant treatment, as well as any risks or disadvantages that might be associated with dental implants or the implant placement procedure, which does require surgery, usually in an outpatient setting.
If you have suffered from tooth loss, consider dental implants as a complete tooth replacement that will put your mind at ease while restoring a beautiful smile. Contact Central Oklahoma Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates at 405-624-1300 and schedule a consultation to learn more about this treatment.