When a tooth is lost due to injury or disease, a person may have consequences such as rapid bone loss, slurred speech, or changes in chewing patterns that cause pain. Replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant can enhance the patient's quality of life and health dramatically. At Woodruff Family Dental, we can offer you a confident smile with our natural-looking dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of metal or ceramic that are implanted into the upper and lower jawbones. They can be used to replace individual lost teeth, eliminating the requirement for a bridge or partial denture. They can also be used to hold up a bridge or denture.
Why Is Replacement of Missing Teeth Important?
Aside from the apparent implications of missing teeth on personal appearance, there are additional, more serious problems. When a tooth is extracted, a space is created, and bone loss ensues. The remaining teeth may shift as a result of normal mouth forces and stress. This movement has the potential to cause healthy straight teeth to tilt and become unstable. This can result in further bone and teeth loss. Furthermore, missing teeth might result in a significant decrease in chewing efficiency. Dental implants replace the gap left by missing teeth. They protect the supporting bone and help to keep your remaining teeth in place.
How Does a Dental Implant Function?
Though tooth replacement has been practiced for many decades, dental implants are now considered the gold standard of treatment for prosthetic replacement of lost teeth. After an implant screw is inserted in the jaw bone, it is allowed to fuse with it, which takes a few months.
The process of fusing the dental implant and the jawbone is known as "osseointegration." Implants are made of titanium, a biocompatible metal that is commonly utilized in bone replacement treatments.
An implant crown or bridge is placed on top of this screw-like device. A dental implant that is bonded to the jawbone is the closest thing to a natural tooth since it can stand on its own without causing harm to other teeth and has good stability.
A dental implant is an excellent alternative for restoring your smile since it is designed to look, operate, and feel exactly like your original teeth, and it can last a lifetime with proper care. To learn more about dental implants, or to schedule an appointment with one of our professional dentists, please call 870-972-8190 or visit us at 2800 Enterprise Cv, Jonesboro, AR 72401.