Few things elicit as much joy from a child as the first lost tooth. But adults do not often share that same excitement. It can be traumatizing to lose a tooth as an adult, whether due to infection, decay or even extraction. But, what many people don’t realize is that losing a tooth doesn’t have to be the end of life as they know it. Dental implants can complete your smile functionally, and they can do so seamlessly. That way you can smile confidently and enjoy your meals just as you always did. When you’ve lost a tooth, few things sound as promising as simply getting back to business as usual; dental implants can help get you there.
What Makes Dental Implants Special?
There are a number of restorative treatments available to help complete smiles after tooth loss, including partial dentures, dental bridges and dental implants. They all offer benefits, including helping to preserve your remaining teeth’s alignment, but dental implants have added perks that only an implant can offer. That’s because dental implants are the only form of restoration that replaces both the tooth and its root, helping provide nutrients to your jaw.
Implants rely on a titanium post to serve in place of the tooth’s root, and to anchor a fake tooth, creating the most stable and longest-lasting form of restorative treatment available. The post must first be surgically inserted into your jawline, and then given time to allow the surrounding tissues to heal around it. This process is called osseointegration, which is possible because of the titanium’s high level of biocompatibility.
By placing the post, not only is the dentist able to provide a permanent way to secure a fake tooth, such as a porcelain crown, but the jawline will continue to receive nutrients as you chew, the way it would with a healthy tooth root.