Dental implants are the most revolutionary and secure way for you to replace lost teeth. Tooth loss is quite a devastating experience. Since teeth help with critical functions such as biting, chewing, and even the enunciation of words, losing a tooth can be traumatic. With an implant, you will be replacing your tooth with a device that looks, feels, and even acts exactly the same as the natural tooth you just lost. For those who have been using some other device, such as dentures, there is literally no comparison. Once you have your dental implants installed, you can wave goodbye to the messy adhesives and complicated cleaning routines. In exchange, you will have a surgically installed tooth that you brush, floss, and never remove. Dental implants are actually the tiny screw which is placed into your jaw and provides the support for a perfect crown above the surface. This crown is designed to look and feel exactly like your regular teeth, hence giving you the pleasure of a perfect replacement. The dental implants, however, are doing even better below the surface. All dental implants are made of titanium since scientists and dentists discovered that titanium has a unique quality that makes it perfectly suited for prosthetic devices. Titanium has the ability to meld with the body’s organic matter through a process known as osseointegration. In the case of an implant, this means that the tiny titanium screw literally becomes a replacement for the root of your lost tooth. The device convinces the body that it is part of the mouth to such a great degree that the body actually supports the device the same way as it would a natural tooth. What this does for your implant is provides and amazing among of security and stability. For the jaw, having a replacement tooth to provide stimulus means the jawbone can actually grow, develop, and sustain.
The jawbone has a symbiotic relationship with the teeth. The jaw provides stability and security, by providing a strong anchor for the teeth. In exchange, the teeth provide stimulation to the jawbone, which is vital to its development. The teeth provide this stimulation every time you bite down on something or chew your food. This relationship is supported by the body since the mouth is the first step in the digestive process. However, when you lose a tooth or teeth, the stimulation to the jawbone is lost which causes the body to start a process known as resorption. Essentially the body starts to leach the calcium and other vital minerals from the jaw and reallocating it to other areas. This causes the jawbone to start to dissolve. A dissolving jawbone is not good for your facial structure, which depends on the jaw for its structural integrity. When the jawbone doesn’t have enough bone mass to support the bite or lower face, it can fundamentally change how a person looks by adding wrinkles or causing their lips to curl in. The good news is that with the dental implants we use, none of this will happen, and you can maintain a youthful appearance.