Missing teeth can cause serious health concerns, steal your confidence, and interrupt normal activity due to pain and discomfort. While modern replacement teeth, such as dentures and crowns, can supply the needed support to return to normal, they can sometimes be uncomfortable and hard to work with. Dental implants provide a permanently anchored, nearly undetectable replacement that can replace a single tooth. They can also provide an anchor for dental prosthetics, such as bridges and dentures.
What is a Dental Implant ?
Dental implants are anchors for permanent replacement teeth made from titanium and other materials that are safe for your body. They are anchored into the upper or lower jawbone, replacing the tooth’s original root structure. The jaw actually grows around the dental implants integrating them into the structure. Once established, dental implants are undetectable to the patient, allowing them to return to a fully normal life.
Once the dental implants are integrated with the jaw, a replacement tooth or group of teeth are custom made to attach to the implant. The teeth are shaped and colored using high tech methods to make them look like natural teeth. These replacements are much more stable because they attach to dental implants and are more comfortable than traditional dentures. After the replacement teeth are in place, patients can bite and chew normally, just as they would with natural, healthy teeth.
Dental Implants and Jaw Health
A reduction in bone strength is a natural result of lost teeth. It can also make you look older and also prevent normal activity due to pain and discomfort. Your body recognizes the missing tooth and signals that nutrients to be directed to there areas of the body that used to support bone health in that area. This makes the problem even more severe. The titanium anchor of a dental implant fills the void left by the natural tooth’s root. This stimulates the jaw, cuing the body to continue supplying the needed nutrients to maintain bone health. This helps to eliminate the risk of jawbone deterioration, which can lead to other expensive and painful surgeries. Dental implants are the only prosthetic that provides this benefit.
Let us Handle Your Dental Implants
If you are considering dental implants in NorthWestern Oklahoma, Shattuck Dentistry & Braces would be happy to consult with you. While dental implants work wonderfully for many patients, not everyone is a good candidate. The surgical nature of dental implants makes it essential for your health that we determine if this procedure is appropriate for you.