For many patients, dental implants make tooth loss much less of a threat to their oral health than it otherwise would be. Even conventional replacement teeth, like dental bridges and dentures, can only do so much when it comes to restoring your dental health following tooth loss. As the only option for replacing your lost teeth’s roots, dental implants do more than just replace teeth—they restore the vital functions that keep your smile and oral structures healthy.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small, root-like post, usually made from biocompatible titanium, that can be inserted into your jawbone after you’ve lost one or more teeth. After your jawbone has healed, an abutment is placed on top of each post. The abutments protrude above the gum line so we can attach a dental crown, partial, or denture (depending on how many teeth you’ve lost).
What are the long-term benefits of dental implants?
Besides the restored ability to bite and chew, and the restored beauty of your smile, dental implant-supported prosthetics provide a number of unique, long-term benefits. For instance, stabilizing your replacement teeth on implanted anchors means unmatched stability for your new smile. Also, replacing lost teeth roots reestablishes stimulation in your jawbone, which keeps it strong and reduces the risk of further tooth loss
Do dental implants really last for life?
Once an implant is placed in your jawbone, your jawbone begins fusing to the implant’s titanium surface as it heals. Known as osseointegration, this process makes the implant(s) a permanent part of your oral anatomy, meaning they will last for life with the right care and maintenance. Your restoration (i.e., dental crown, partial, or denture) may need replacement after several years of use; however, the new restoration can be secured on the same dental implant posts.
ABOUT YOUR MANSFIELD, TX, DENTISTS:
Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris of Mansfield Dental Associates rely upon their years of experience, training, and cutting-edge technology to offer patients expert dental care at each and every visit. They listen to each patient’s concerns and offer gentle, informative guidance about future treatments. If you would like to schedule a consultation, call 817-473-6227. Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris proudly treat patients from Mansfield, South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian and neighboring areas.