Discover the many health benefits of getting dental implants
It’s not too surprising to hear that tooth loss can pose some serious implications for your smile. That’s why you should always turn to your dentists for treatment. The sooner you take care of your tooth loss with Dental Implants the better off your smile will be. Dr. Rhonda Nasser is here to help you find out about the benefits of dental implants and whether they are right for you.
About Dental Implants
Dental implants are designed to act just like a tooth’s root, helping to hold an artificial tooth firmly in place. The implant looks like a small metal post, usually made from titanium that is surgically placed into a drilled area of the jawbone where your missing tooth once was. The implant consists of three parts: the implant, an abutment and an artificial tooth (also referred to as a dental crown). Getting a dental implant takes several months, and dentists recommend that all patients be in the best of health before opting for this dental treatment. While this treatment does take a while to complete, dental implants promise a host of benefits that other tooth loss treatments can’t.
Dental Implants and Your Jaw Health
One of the most serious complications of tooth loss is the effect it has on your jaw. Since natural tooth roots stimulate the jawbone to produce new, healthy cells, when you lose a tooth you have nothing to keep the jaw strong. As a result, the jawbone begins to decrease in density and length, causing your face to shrink and cave in. Not only does this affect your appearance, it can also make you appear older. While dentures and dental bridges won’t be able to stimulate your jawbone, dental implants can.
Dental implants are the only tooth loss treatment that is actually placed into the jawbone and becomes a natural part of your mouth – thanks to osseointegration, that is! This is when the bone and tissue surrounding the implant begin to fuse and grow around it. The titanium from the implant is biocompatible, meaning that the bone cells attach to the surface of the implant, locking it into place. Not only that, but dental implants actually stimulate the production of new bone cells, so your jawbone will not only maintain its shape, but also remain healthy, too!
When you are ready to get dental implants, the next step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nasser so she can make sure that implants will give you the healthy smile you deserve. Call today!