Patients who are missing one or more teeth and would prefer not to have a dental bridge or dentures are the best candidates to consider dental implants. Dental implants are titanium posts that provide a more natural tooth replacement than bridges or dentures. This is because they are directly attached to the bone of the jaw, just as natural teeth are.
Dental implants are typically considered for patients with plenty of healthy bone. They must also have healthy gums and must be in good overall health. Patients must be free from cavities and disease in order to enjoy the successful placement of dental implants.
There are several benefits to placing dental implants.
Dr. John L. Aurelia of the Lake Orion area may suggest patients consider tooth implants to keep the existing teeth from shifting. This happens when a natural tooth is lost and creates a space in the dental arch that results in “floating” of the rest of the teeth. This may require orthodontic treatment to fix, so restorations such as implants are considered as soon as possible to maintain alignment.
No other restoration comes close to providing the strength and stability of a dental implant. Tooth implants use the jawbone for support, which allows it to hold strong. Biting and chewing forces are put on the bone, not the surrounding teeth or gum tissue, which is essential for the best chewing and biting efficiency after tooth loss.
Dental implants are wonderful stand-alone restorations that are restored over the top with custom-made dental crowns. The crown is made to look as natural as possible. Porcelain is used, which closely mimics the appearance of tooth enamel, and the coloring and shape are made to match the existing teeth for seamless integration.