For example, the loss of one tooth may put other neighboring teeth at risk because the jawbone’s integrity is compromised in the area, leaving the remaining teeth with a weaker connection. Patients may also suffer nutritionally if they are not able to process food as well.
Patients who are concerned about the negative health outcomes of tooth loss should consult with an implant dentist when planning for their tooth replacement.
Dental implants offer a complete replacement tooth, including a root-like structure and a prosthetic crown. The implant is made of titanium, which fuses with the jaw over the course of several months following oral surgery.
Although oral surgery is required for dental implant placement, patients should not rule out this treatment option simply to avoid surgery. The procedure takes just a few hours and is completed in an outpatient setting.
The oral surgery involved in dental implant placement generally causes minimal disruption in patients’ lives. Patients typically return to work the next day and can even enjoy a light meal of soft foods in the evening that the procedure is performed.
Patients who choose dental implants get a number of benefits. The devices stabilize the jawbone in a way that bridges and dentures do not because they lack a root-like structure. This feature of dental implants limits a patient’s risk of further tooth loss.
Dental implants also stand alone, unlike bridges that require the placement of crowns on adjacent teeth for support. Those crowns may weaken the remaining healthy teeth, and they make it more difficult to access the gumline while brushing and flossing.
Furthermore, implant patients are able to enjoy a more varied diet because the implants are more effective at chewing than bridges and dentures. Dental implants allow patients to continue to enjoy their favorite fresh fruits and vegetables and all the nutrients they have to offer.
Consider dental implants to treat tooth loss if you want long-term results and a healthy smile. Talk to our oral surgeon to learn more about this tooth replacement solution.