Preserving Bone Health With Implants
Dental implants are titanium rods that are placed in the jawbone at the site of a missing tooth, taking the place of a natural tooth root. Once the jawbone has bonded with the artificial tooth root, a restoration is attached to the implant. Implants can help replace a single tooth, or they can anchor a bridge, partial denture, or full denture in the mouth. Replacing missing teeth not only improves your appearance, but it also serves a number of therapeutic purposes, from preventing tooth misalignment to allowing you to eat a balanced diet. Dental implants serve all of the same functions as traditional bridges and dentures with one added bonus: they can help preserve bone tissue. When you bite and chew, your natural tooth roots stimulate the underlying jawbone, which helps you maintain good bone density. When teeth are missing, you do not receive this type of stimulation, and your jawbone will start to deteriorate, causing the sunken-in facial appearance often associated with old age. The truth is, your face does not have to age so rapidly, and dental implants can help. Providing the same stimulation as a natural tooth root, your titanium implants help you maintain a more youthful appearance by preserving your jawbone density.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Your dentist at Modern Dental Health will first determine your candidacy for dental implants by making sure your gums and remaining teeth are healthy. Your dentist will also take X-rays to determine if you have an adequate amount of bone tissue to support implants. Once you are given the go-ahead, our oral surgeon will place the implants in your jawbone. After a period of three to six months, during which time your bone will fuse around the implants to anchor them in place, you will return to your dentist at Modern Dental Health for your porcelain crown, bridge, or denture to be attached to your implants.
Implants Look and Feel Like Natural Teeth
Once your restorations are placed with the help of dental implants, your prosthetics will feel secure and function like your real teeth. Because your restorations are made from tooth-colored porcelain materials, they will be indistinguishable from your natural teeth, giving you the confidence to show off your smile proudly. Many patients even report that, once they get used to their implants, they have a hard time remembering which teeth are natural and which are prosthetics!
Care of Your Dental Implants
You will clean your dental implants in a manner similar to your natural teeth. Brush all tooth surfaces thoroughly at least twice a day, and floss between teeth at least once daily. Our hygienist will show you how to thread floss around the abutments of your implants or use special small brushes to clean the space between your restorations and gums. Proper care and cleaning of your implants will help ensure their long-term success.