Have you ever heard of dental implants? If you have one or more missing teeth, then they can provide a long-lasting and natural looking solution to tooth loss. What benefits do these dental prosthetics offer? What does placing one involve and can anyone qualify for them?
Placement and Restoration
They differ from bridges and dentures because they don’t rely on crowns, metal clasps, or natural suction to remain in place. Instead, through oral surgery we insert the implant into the jawbone. Over time, the implant bonds with the jawbone and acts like a new tooth root. We then apply an abutment, which holds a custom-made dental crown in place and completes the new tooth. We can offer a single tooth dental implant or place several to support a dental bridge or a fixed complete denture.
Since they act as new tooth roots, they stimulate the growth of jawbone tissue and prevent the loss of jawbone density, which often occurs following untreated tooth loss. Since the jaw won’t be changing shape, as happens with bridges and dentures, the new teeth can last much longer. Instead of five to 15 years, you’re looking at several more, even decades in some cases.
Jawbone Tissue Growth
Since the body recognizes the new tooth as a natural one, the flow of nutrients to the jawbone, such as calcium and phosphorus, never resumes. This is what simulates the growth of jawbone tissue. Along with preventing the jaw from changing shape, this also prevents further tooth loss and keeps the patient from developing an older appearance. Sunken cheeks, ptotic chins, and other signs of aging are often related to untreated tooth loss. If you have any questions about replacing missing teeth, then contact our team today!
Interested in Dental Implants?
Do you have missing teeth? At Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we can use implant dentistry to address tooth loss. We proudly offer our services to individuals from Independence, Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, Kansas City, Grain Valley, Liberty, and surrounding areas. To schedule an appointment, or to learn more about us, call our dental office in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808.