Past methods of replacing a missing tooth fell short because they only involved the visible crown component of the tooth, not its entire structure. This approach meant that appliances like bridges and dentures offered a less-than-ideal solution.
Today’s patients have a better treatment option in the aftermath of tooth loss. Dental implants, which are titanium posts that fuse with the bone, replicate the tooth’s root, an important structure in the mouth. The root not only secures the tooth’s crown, it also helps to stabilize the jaw. The jawbone will wear away when a tooth’s root is no longer present to anchor it.
In serving as artificial teeth roots, dental implants help to maintain the stability of the bone. Additionally, dental implants are able to withstand greater chewing forces than tooth replacement methods that lack a root-like structure.
Dental implants may be recommended in a variety of scenarios, including the loss of a single tooth or multiple teeth. Even edentulous (toothless) patients can benefit from dental implants.
One particularly good option for toothless patients is the teeth in a day (also knows as All on 4) procedure. With this technique, four dental implants are placed in the upper and lower jaws. The four implants support an entire prosthetic arch, effectively proving the patient with a mouth full of new teeth in a matter of hours.
Denture wearers find dental implants particularly appealing, as implants address the problem of dentures that don’t stay put. Dental implants also help to prevent the issue of food particles getting trapped under the denture.
Osseointegration—the process by which the implant fuses with the bone—is essential to dental implant success, so patients must have a certain amount of bone to support standard dental implants.
Denture wearers shouldn’t write off dental implants just yet, though. The All on 4 procedure helps to overcome the obstacle of partial bone loss. The implants are placed towards the front of the jaw, a location where bone loss occurs more slowly.
If you need to replace missing teeth, consider dental implants. Ask your dentist about this treatment option to learn more about its many benefits.