How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are a modern, state-of-the-art treatment for missing teeth. In fact, they’ve become the gold standard! We are proud to offer our patients dental implants at our Huntsville dental office.
But what makes dental implants unique, especially when compared to other teeth replacement options such as bridges and dentures, which are typically cheaper?
Dental Implants Defined
It’s important to think of dental implants as an investment in your long-term oral health. While both bridges and dentures replace the crowns of your teeth (the part that you see when you smile), dental implants go an important step further – they actually replace the roots of your teeth.
Although “out of sight, out of mind” might apply to the roots of your teeth, the truth is that they serve a crucial purpose when it comes to your dental health.
The roots of your teeth and your dental bone work together in a mutual relationship. The bone holds the teeth securely in place and the root gives the bone the signals it needs to consistently renew itself and stay healthy.
Periodontal (gum) disease attacks your dental bone and makes it weak. Missing teeth also contribute to bone loss. Once the root of your tooth is gone, the bone in that area is no longer stimulated to maintain itself and it begins to resorb, becoming diminished.
You may have observed for yourself that people who are missing many teeth often have a sunken appearance around their mouths. While the teeth themselves help keep your lips from sinking in, your dental bone also helps create the shape of your face. When you lose bone, your face changes.
Another important consequence of lost bone is that as the bone becomes weaker, you are more likely to lose additional teeth. As you might imagine, this can set off a devastating chain reaction.
Dental implants stop this chain reaction. Once the titanium root of the dental implant is in place, your dental bone will once again be signaled to keep itself healthy and stable. Bridges and dentures simply can’t offer this same advantage (although you can talk to us about having a bridge or denture held in place with dental implants!).
Dental Implants in Huntsville
Would you like to learn more? If you are missing teeth, please call King Dental today to schedule a dental implants consultation with Dr. David King and find out if implants are right for you!