Dental Implants A solid foundation worth smiling about
When natural teeth are extracted or seriously decayed, the damage goes well below the surface of the tooth, and even the gum line. The damage goes deep into the root and the roots are destroyed and lost. And when the roots of teeth are lost, the bone that once supported and surrounded those roots starts to deteriorate and fade away. This process is called bone resorption, which simply means that your body is absorbing its own bone. When bone resorption occurs, it causes the face to collapse into the mouth, giving you a sunken in look. The entire facial structure is compromised, and drastic changes in appearance occur; the lips fold in and the lower face shrivels up to create a witch-like chin and deep contours around the mouth create “marionette lines.” These changes are so severe they make a person look twenty years older than they actually are.
The more missing teeth, the quicker and more severe the bone loss and the faster the face will cave in and look older. For those missing all their natural teeth, bone loss can become so severe within just a few years it can become difficult to wear removable devices such as partials and dentures because the bone is changing the shape of the jaw and the denture will not fit any longer. There is simply little bone left to support them.
That’s why it’s so vital to replace the tooth root with a dental implant and not just the visible part of the tooth (the crown). The natural tooth roots, or in the case of missing teeth, dental implants, are embedded in the bone, and thus, preserve the bone. The bone forms a bond to the implants and functions as natural tooth roots – providing a solid and permanent foundation for biting and chewing. With Dental Implants present, the bone stays in place and the body does not absorb itself. They will help prevent the sunken in look of missing teeth.
Dental Implants: The new standard of care for tooth replacement
A missing tooth is a very obvious dental problem. Whenever you open your mouth to speak, or eat or smile, anyone you’re in the company of can see the gap. It can be embarrassing, and affects a person’s confidence, quality of life, and overall health. Missing teeth compromise eating habits, speech and appearance. The condition also leads to bone loss in the jaw, the abnormal shifting of other teeth, as well as bite problems. Missing teeth cause the jaw bone to melt away (resorption), cause cheek bones to collapse inward, the nose to droop and point downward, and increase widow lines and wrinkles – all which add to the look of premature aging, and decreased reasons to smile.
Dental implants have become the most conservative treatment option to replace missing teeth and are now referred to as the “standard of care” for replacing missing or failing teeth. Acting as a substitute tooth root, the natural tissue in the bone bonds to the implant, forming a stable foundation for permanent replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Dental implants actually help preserve the bone by providing the stimulation that was previously provided by natural tooth roots. This also helps maintain the integrity of the facial structure.
There are many advantages of dental implant treatment over other traditional treatment options. Traditional options call for grinding down adjacent teeth for a bridge, or securing a partial denture to natural adjoining teeth with clasps that can eventually loosen the natural teeth and cause serious damage to the gum line. With dental implants, no such action is needed, so people are spared problems associated with traditional false teeth.
Dental implants are the only permanent solution to missing teeth that helps to preserve the bones of the face and jaw. Arlington Dental continues to have outstanding success in replacing missing teeth with implant-supported fixed bridges and single tooth replacement implants. Whether you are missing one, many, or all of your teeth, the dental implant specialists at Arlington Dental provide the service that is most appropriate for you. Using the latest advanced materials and tissue management techniques, they will help you regain the self-confidence, quality of life and smile you may have lost when you lost those teeth.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium post or screw that serves as the replacement for the natural root portion of a missing tooth. Titanium is used because of its strength and because it is a biocompatible material readily accepted by the body. It is the same material used in orthopedic implants like hip and knee implants. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws, and because titanium has such high biocompatible properties, the living bone tissue in the jaw adheres to the implant surface itself, allowing the implant to become one with the bone. The jawbone believes the titanium implant is a true root and therefore fuses with it as if it were a natural tooth root. The results are the creation of the perfect anchor for a replacement tooth, or even a full set of replacement teeth. Implant teeth are strong, stable, pain-free, worry-free and permanent. Worry- Free does not indicate that implants require no maintenance. You must maintain implants the same as you maintain natural teeth. With frequent visits to the hygienist, your dental implants can last a lifetime.