Advances in dental technology now offer new ways to replace missing teeth. Whereas dentures and fixed bridges are associated with increased complications over time, dental implants are a healthy and sustainable alternative. Removable dentures rest on the gum lines and cause bone loss which can impact facial structure. Likewise, fixed bridges are known to damage otherwise healthy teeth by relying on them for anchoring. Dental implants avoid these issues by mimicking the tooth root structure and acting just like natural teeth.
Research has indicated that dental implants produce better, long-term results than other options. Titanium implants are placed within the jaw where they naturally fuse with the bone and become integrated with the facial structure. Dental implants do not slip out of place, resist decay, and they match the appearance of the missing teeth. Because they also mimic the structure of tooth root, they stimulate the jawbone to prevent bone loss. These factors combined make dental implants a more sustainable replacement for missing teeth while contributing to your overall oral health.
Dental implants are made from three separate components: the titanium implant, the abutment, and the dental crown. First, the titanium implants are surgically placed within the jawbone. Once the bone and metal have naturally fused together, an abutment is fitted so that it is exposed just above the gum line. Finally, the crown is placed over the abutment to match the appearance of the missing teeth. Once they are put into place, dental implants act just like natural teeth to stimulate the jawbone and encourage growth rather than deterioration.
A perfect candidate for dental implants is someone who is missing teeth due to injury or gum disease. Patients with significant bone loss or deterioration of the gums may need to undergo treatment for these conditions before having dental implants put in place. Patients who smoke or have existing dental work should speak with Dr. Tull-Ryan about how this may affect the procedure.