Benefits of Dental Implants
Great Falls, MT
From jawbone reduction to gum infections, the loss of a tooth or various teeth can have a negative effect on patients in the long term. While dentures and bridges were the only replacement options in the past, now dental implants make it easier to recover a smile both aesthetically and functionally. At River's Edge Dental, we are glad to provide insight on dental implants, and how they could help your specific case.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a complete replacement of a missing tooth that is designed for both comfort and durability. It consists of a post, often made of titanium, that is fixed in the jawbone of a patient. The post is capable of naturally fusing with your jawbone, a process known as osseointegration, so it can stay sturdy and act as a normal tooth root would. A dental crown is commonly placed atop the post as well, in order to recover the aesthetics of a smile.
When Is It Necessary To Use a Dental Implant?
When a tooth or multiple teeth are lost, the portion of the jawbone where they were placed starts to gradually minimize due to lack of stimulation. Over time, the total bone loss could make it difficult for some patients to use dentures. In turn, the patient’s adjacent teeth may try to shift in order to cover the toothless spots. This can significantly damage a smile.
Implants are recommended as soon as a patient loses a tooth or teeth in order to prevent said bone resorption. They can help to regrow a jawbone, as well, since they provide as much pressure on it as a normal tooth root does. However, a prior consultation with our team is crucial before taking any actions, in order to ensure that your jawbone is strong enough to support an implant at its current state.
Dental Implant MaintenanceThe maintenance of implants is quite similar to that of your natural teeth. While a dental implant cannot get cavities, it is important to practice adequate oral hygiene, as well as visit our team at least twice a year for a professional cleaning and evaluation. This can help prevent infection to the gums that may lead to loss of the implant.
Advantages of Dental ImplantsImplants are preferred over other types of prosthetic replacements due to the fact that they restore not only the aesthetics, but also the capabilities of teeth. Just days after their placement, it is possible for patients to regain their chewing and bite force, and they are reported to present little to no discomfort in the vast majority of their users.
Certain variations of the procedure, such as the The All-on-4® Treatment Concept, also make it possible for a patient to recover a full arch of teeth they may have lost. Furthermore, they are pretty durable, with their usual life span ranging from 20 to 30 years if properly taken care of.
Here at River's Edge Dental, our team of professionals can help you regain your smile, and answer any of the questions you may have regarding the procedure. If you have recently lost one or multiple teeth, we encourage you to contact us at (406) 315-5882 today.