Considering Dental Implants? Here's What you Need to Know
Tooth loss is no laughing matter. Having few natural teeth, or no natural teeth, can actually rob you of the freedom to laugh freely. The last thing we want for our patients if for them to feel self-conscious about the appearance of their smile, or the stability of it. Patients seeking the ultimate in tooth replacement have good reason to consider dental implants. In our Waxahachie, TX office, we provide full details of treatment so you can determine the approach that is best for you. Here, we will touch on some of those important pieces of information.
What is an Implant?
A dental implant is a biocompatible structure made from titanium. The tiny post is used to mimic the tooth root. After insertion, bone will fuse around the implant (or implants), bringing it to full stability over the course of a few months.
There are several reasons why patients choose to replace the roots of missing teeth, rather than only the teeth themselves:
• Confidence in the smile stems from the soundness of teeth. This is not as high as it could be with artificial teeth that sit on top of the gums. While people may giggle at the site of a denture falling out, this situation certainly isn't funny to the person wearing the denture.
• Dental implants are reliable, as reliable as natural teeth. Once the bone has encased each post, there is very little risk that replacement will ever be needed. The main culprit of implant failure would be the same thing that threatens the stability of natural teeth: gum disease. Take good care of your mouth and your implants should stay healthy, too.
• Implant treatment is conservative. This may not seem obvious; treatment involves a minor oral surgery, after all. The way that implants are conservative is in the preservation of natural teeth. No structures need to be modified in order to implants to function.
If you have lost a tooth, need teeth extracted, or are tired of your loose denture, we can help. Schedule a consultation at Morgan Dentistry so learn more about dental implants.