We can replace missing teeth in a number of ways, but dental implants are the longest lasting option, and they also look and function the most naturally. The unique quality that makes dental implants stand out from other restoration options is the fact that they combine a beautiful, customized crown with an artificial root. This root makes an enormous difference – and provides dental implants with their biggest advantage.
1. Bone retention
Your dental bone is precious and serves a very important function in maintaining the health of your teeth and even the shape of your face. Your bone relies on the roots of your teeth, however, to stimulate its maintenance.
When you lose a tooth, your bone begins to resorb and become diminished. In time, the weakening bone leads to additional lost teeth and you may develop the sunken expression so common in people with tooth loss.
The dental implant uses an artificial root made of a biocompatible metal – a metal that your body won’t reject. Biocompatible metals, like titanium, are used in other medical applications as well, such as joint replacements.
The artificial root restarts the bone maintenance process and helps to preserve your oral health for the long run.
2. Natural looking
Of course, you also want your dentistry to look great, and dental implants accomplish this as well! Each implant is topped with a customized restoration designed to blend in beautifully among your other teeth for a flawless finish.
Individual dental implants are often restored with crowns, but if you are missing multiple teeth, we can use implants to support a bridge – or even a complete set of dentures!
3. Long lasting
The metal post of the implant does more than just sit in your bone – it actually becomes a permanent part of it. This process is known as osseointegration, the action of the implant integrating with your dental bone. This creates a secure hold that simply can’t be replicated with other tooth replacement options and makes dental implants an excellent investment in your long-term dental health.
If you’d like to learn more or find out if dental implants are right for you, please call our Irvine dental office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Robertson!