For years, dentures have been the most prominent form of prosthetic dentistry. But that doesn’t mean they are the only, or even the best, option. In fact, most dentists recommend dental implants, above other forms of dental prosthetics, because of how comprehensively they can complete a smile after tooth loss. They are the only form of prosthetic that allows a dentist to replace both a missing tooth and its root, helping to do more than improve the look of your smile. It also helps to preserve it!
What Makes Dental Implants Unique?
Dental implants are comprised of three separate parts: a replacement tooth (sometimes a partial denture), a titanium post (which mimics the natural tooth’s root), and an abutment , which connects the two. The post is first surgically inserted into the jaw, where the tissues can then grow right around it. This process is called osseointegration, and it is one of the unique benefits of dental implants. Osseointegration is also what helps make the post a permanent and stable base for a replacement tooth, so much so that it the post itself will last a lifetime, even if the replacement tooth itself, such as a dental crown or partial denture, needs to be replaced in the future.
It is important to talk with your dentist about your prosthetic options, prior to settling on a course of treatment. Whether dental implants are right for you can be determined by first discussing your goals for treatment, your budget, and also allowing the dentist to perform an exam to see if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. Because they involve oral surgery, and need your gum tissue and jaw to first be in good health, some patients may require restorative treatment before a dental implant becomes a viable option for treatment.