Dental implants are unique because the surrounding bone fuses with them over the course of several months after the oral surgeon initially inserts the devices in the patient’s jaw. Because the dental implants act like artificial tooth roots, they stabilize the jaw bone. If patients choose a standard tooth replacement appliance, there is no root-like structure to anchor the jaw, which gradually wears away as a result.
Jawbone atrophy can have significant consequences for your health. You may be at risk for additional tooth loss, as the attachment between the bone and adjacent teeth can be affected by this process. Additionally, a conventional appliance will lose its fit as the jaw’s contour changes. It will be less comfortable and can cause injury to the patient’s soft tissues.
Furthermore, patients who receive dental implants from an oral surgeon also are able to get a wider variety of nutrients from their diet because they can continue to eat many healthy foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables. The bond between bone and dental implant facilitates the implant’s tolerance of rather strong chewing forces. A more nutritious diet results in improved health outcomes, as well.
It is also easier to care for a dental implant in comparison with a fixed dental bridge. Patients can continue to brush and floss normally, so they’re more likely to keep harmful oral bacteria at bay.
If you have experienced tooth loss, consider the benefits of a structurally complete restoration offered by dental implants. We would be happy to evaluate your case and make treatment recommendations, so contact our office to schedule your consultation.