When a person is missing many teeth, it can have a major impact on his or her overall dental health and wellness. Tooth loss has an effect on the appearance of the smile, the function of the teeth, and even the structure of the jaw bone. While many dental restorations can address some of these areas of concern, only dental implants improve the health, esthetics, and function of the teeth while preventing the deterioration of healthy jaw bone. For patients who have experienced significant tooth loss, dental implants can even secure dentures, so that they become a retained fixture that looks and functions much more like natural teeth than a traditional denture.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are able to support different kinds of restorations. These artificial roots are surgically implanted into your jawbone, which provides a level of strength and stability that is just like natural tooth roots.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures are the most stable, secure, and lifelike method of replacing one or more missing teeth. By anchoring dentures to titanium dental implants, patients will regain the freedom and control they had with their natural teeth. Dental implants hold dentures securely in place, eliminating the risk of slippage and allowing patients to bite, chew, speak, and smile with ease and confidence once again.
In addition to their esthetic and practical benefits, implant supported dentures can also help to prevent atrophy of the jaw bone. When you lose a tooth, your body interprets this as a signal that the underlying bone and gum tissues no longer serve any real purpose. As a result, these tissues fall into disuse and begin to deteriorate. When dental implants are embedded in the jaw, the titanium posts integrate with the jaw, and the body recognizes that these tissues are once again essential to a functioning mouth. The bone loss will stop, and the integrity of your mouth and its supporting structures will be preserved.
Learn More About Implant Supported Dentures
If you have suffered from tooth loss and would like to learn more about restoring your smile with implant supported dentures, schedule an appointment at Prestige Oral Surgery at 732-297-7000.