Dental implants have come a long way over the years in both technique and appearance. Dental implants, while one of the greatest advancements in dentistry, need to be placed by a skilled and qualified surgeon if it’s to be a safe, predictable and painless procedure.
Types of Dental Implants
Although there are various types of dental implants, the most common and successful form of dental implants available today are “root form” dental implants, which go beyond basic tooth replacement and essentially replace the root of a tooth as well. Natural tooth roots not only help support the tooth, but also help stimulate the surrounding jaw bone. This constant stimulation helps to keep the jaw bone intact which in turn helps support the teeth and the facial structures. When teeth are missing, the jaw bone that previously supported those teeth melts away or deteriorates. The eventual impact of this bone can include collapsed facial profiles, lost lip support, increased wrinkles around the mouth and the appearance of a pointed nose and chin that are too close together.
How Dental Implants work
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots. Because the dental implant is placed into the jaw bone, it will help stimulate the bone just as a natural tooth root does, which then keeps the jaw bone intact and prevents it from deteriorating over time. Not only will this provide a strong foundation for biting and chewing, but the dental implants will also allow for the replacement of the entire missing tooth, which was never before possible. Thanks to years of progress and improved techniques, dental implants will look, feel and function like natural teeth when done properly.
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