Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed within the jawbone under the gum line. It allows us to mount a bridge or replacement teeth in the area. Implants do not loosen like dentures occasionally can. They also have other advantages that make them the perfect replacement for natural teeth.
How Dental Implants Work
Since your new implant will be fused to your jawbone, it offers a firm foundation for artificial teeth. If you have bridges or dentures mounted to your dental implants, they will not shift or slip within your mouth, which is very important when you are speaking or eating. Dental implants feel more natural than traditional dentures or bridges due to the secure fit that they offer.
In certain cases, conventional dentures or bridges are uncomfortable or not possible due to gagging, poor ridges, or sore spots. Conventional bridges must also be affixed to teeth on either side of the gap where the missing tooth once was. Dental implants have the advantage of requiring no preparation for adjacent teeth.
To qualify for a dental implant, you must have adequate bone to anchor the implant and healthy gums. You will also need to practice good oral hygiene. Regular dental visits will also help ensure the success of your new implant.
What are the Benefits?
One of the main advantages of dental implants is their ability to preserve the remaining teeth. If you lose a tooth or it is removed, the underlying bone can deteriorate, and neighboring teeth can begin shifting into the gap formed by the missing teeth. This can lead to problems with how your teeth fit and your gums. Dental implants are also superior to bridges that require adjustments to adjacent teeth.
Dental implant procedures have a high rate of success. When you visit Sneed Dental Arts, you can learn more about dental implants, including whether or not they can benefit you. Contact us today to book an appointment at our office in Collierville.