Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium that offer a permanent solution to replacing missing teeth. Not only do they fix your smile, but they also help preserve your natural bone from further deterioration. Dental implants have become an increasingly common form of care in restorative dentistry and are a viable alternative to conventional bridges and dentures.
While bridges and dentures address the aesthetic consequences of missing teeth, they do not prevent bone loss and may even compromise your healthy teeth. If you opt for dental implants at a specialised dental practice such as Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester, your proper chewing function will be restored and your jawbone will remain functional and healthy.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants consist of three parts:
- A titanium post that fuses with the jawbone;
- A replacement tooth, bridge or denture mounted on the titanium posts;
- An abutment that attaches the post to the prosthetic.
Dental implants fuse naturally with the jawbone, through a process known as osseointegration. This process refers to a direct structural and functional connection between jawbone tissue and the surface of a dental implant. An implant is considered as osseointegrated when there is no movement between the implant and the jawbone with which it has fused. With new techniques and developments in modern dentistry, osseointegration can take as little as two months. Once the healing process has passed, the dentist can mount the replacement teeth or prosthetics on top of the dental implants.
Dental implants are as good as, maybe even better than other ways of replacing lost teeth in terms of function, strength, and aesthetics. Unlike other tooth restoration options, dental implants look and feel completely natural, improving your appearance and confidence. They do not irritate the gums the way conventional dentures can and do not require grinding down your natural teeth in order to be stabilised they bridges do.
Dental implants help maintain the structure and volume of the facial tissues, maintaining a more youthful appearance and protect your remaining teeth from becoming loose. More importantly, dental implants preserve bone tissue and help stimulate bone growth.