Dental implants offer many benefits worth bearing in mind, and have been used in the U.S. for decade., They are durable, resilient, and look and feel like your natural teeth. Dental implants allow you to eat just as you would with your own natural teeth and they are easy to clean. Another important benefit is that these can also help keep your jaw healthy.
What is an Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone beneath the gum line. The implant allows your dental professional to mount replacement teeth or a bridge into that area. If you remove a tooth without replacing it with an implant, that part of your jawbone no longer has the guided stimulation it needs to create healthy volume and function.
Preventing Bone Loss
With every bite you take, and every time you chew on something, your tooth roots press into your bone providing the signal to your jaw that it needs to encourage jawbone density. That pressure is the trigger that provides stimulation to the jawbone, thereby keeping your it strong. Also, implant-supported prosthetics do not require the modification of surrounding teeth allowing you to preserve more of your original smile.
Preventing Tooth Loss
Your jaw supports your teeth, and your teeth also help stabilize your jaw. When you are missing a tooth, your remaining teeth may begin to shift. Without the tooth, your jaw will begin to shrink due to a process called resorption. As you continue losing bone mass, other teeth can become less secure and eventually fall out. From there the cycle of bone loss and tooth loss may continue or may even happen more quickly.
Whether you are missing one tooth or several, your appearance and your ability to eat your favorite foods are not the only things you need to take into consideration. It is essential to think about your jaw health as well. Dental implants are the best way to get both the functionality and the appearance you want with the jaw health you need.
Dental implants provide a comprehensive solution to tooth loss and help prevent bone loss. At Jeffrey Chur, DDS, we know that replacing lost teeth is about more than restoring your smile, it is about maintaining a healthy smile too. If you would like to make an appointment to discuss tooth replacement options, call our dental office in Newport Beach today.