Restorative dentistry has made great strides in recent decades to help patients enjoy the benefits of optimal oral health when teeth fail.
A Great Remedy for Tooth Loss
One such development in restoring failing teeth is the use of dental implants. Tooth loss is incredibly common—especially among middle-aged and elderly patients. Dental implants can replace diseased or damaged teeth without compromising the appearance of a patient’s smile or oral function.
If you have lost teeth or will require a prosthetic tooth in the near future, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with our dentist to evaluate your options.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are unique because of the fact that they replace a lost tooth’s roots and its crown. An implant is made from titanium and resembles a small, ridged rod. The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone and over time, the bone around the titanium rod will secure the implant in place by fusing to it. Once this process is complete, a permanent crown is affixed to the implant to replace the missing visible area of the tooth.
Crowns provide the surface needed to chew food. These tooth-shaped prosthetics can be made from several different materials including high-quality ceramics and metal alloys.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Beyond replacing a lost tooth, implants offer benefits to oral health that other common prosthetic teeth cannot. For example, implants support the jawbone and prevent bone resorption. This means that a patient will not experience bone atrophy and the effect it has on the shape of the face. Implants are incredibly durable and, with proper care, can last a lifetime.
Unlike dentures, which need to be repaired and replaced every few years, a patient can expect their implant to last for decades. Lastly, dental implants allow patients to eat and conduct oral hygiene as they normally would with biological teeth.
To learn more about our restorative dentistry services, contact the office of Dr. Eric S. Smith today to reserve your professional consultation.