A dental implant is the hardware that acts as
an anchor, from inside the gum line, for a prosthetic
tooth. It is necessary, when filling the gap
left by a missing tooth, to replace the root
as well as the superficial part
the root stabilizes and preserves the bone -
two pretty important tasks.
Made vulnerable by missing teeth, the underlying
bone will begin to deteriorate in a process called
bone resorption. This can affect facial profiles,
decrease lip control,
promote wrinkles around the mouth, and may even
make the nose and chin look more severe and crowded.
This can all be avoided through the dental implant-assisted
preservation of the bone. The implants will be
accepted by the bone, strengthening a foundation
for biting and chewing, providing the bone with
Understanding the Benefits.
is greatly improved with natural looking
prostheses.Replacement teeth supported
by implants make your new teeth look just
as natural as the originals, and allow for
confident smiling, speaking, and eating.
It's a vast improvement over dentures, for
example, which limits the foods you can eat
and requires adhesives. Since the entire tooth
is replaced, including the root, implant-supported
teeth can have all the functionality of natural
facial profile. Without a root
or implant in place preserving the jaw bone,
the lower third of the face can collapse.
So, implants serve a great purpose by keep the
bone in place.
of neighboring teeth.
Implants are a stand-alone anchoring tool, so
they don't require the grip or support of surrounding
teeth. Other tooth replacement methods require
the support of neighboring teeth, which means
also the manipulation of neighboring teeth to
fit crowns onto them.
Promotes good hygiene. Teeth supported
by a bridge, for example, needs to be cleaned
with a floss threader, while implant-supported
teeth can be cleaned like natural teeth. Similarly,
implant-supported teeth cleaning doesn't involve
the hassle of dentures.
Easy to care for. Implants
are securely anchored to the bone, so there's
no need for adhesives, as with dentures.
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