Dental implants from Cary Family Dental are an ideal solution for anyone missing one or more of their teeth, because they look and function like natural teeth.
What Is A Dental Implant?
We often say “dental implant” to refer to the complete restoration. But strictly speaking, a dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the patient’s jaw. It fuses with the bone, replacing the missing tooth root, to form a sturdy base.
A single implant can support one artificial tooth. Multiple implants, usually four, can support a set of dentures.
A single-tooth restoration has three parts:
- The titanium post
- An abutment
- The crown
Your jawbone and blood circulation treat the post as if it’s a natural tooth root.
Why Is It Better Than Dentures Or A Dental Bridge?
With a dental bridge, your dentist removes tooth structure from the neighboring teeth to attach the bridge (false tooth). It compromises the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth.
A permanent dental implant doesn’t cause any harm to the adjacent teeth. In fact, it helps the adjacent teeth.
The post maintains bone health and circulation. An implant is better for your oral health than an extraction followed by no restoration.
Dentures make it challenging to eat, taste, and talk. It’s more difficult to consume a nutritious diet with dentures.
Dentures don’t prevent bone recession. And they can aggravate the soft tissues of the mouth. Plus they decrease self-confidence and quality of life.
How Long Does A Tooth Implant Last?
If your mouth is otherwise healthy and you take proper care of a dental implant, it can last a lifetime.
A traditional dental bridge lasts from 7-10 years. Dentures last from 5-7 years.