Dental implants fill the gaps caused by tooth loss, and have the ability to look natural too. But more than that, they can actually preserve your facial structure and prevent complications that often follow tooth loss. In today’s blog, your Rochester, MN, dentist talks about preserving smiles with dental implants.
The Impact of Tooth Loss on Your Jaw
When you lose your natural teeth, your body will take note of the sudden loss of the tooth roots. When this happens, the flow of calcium and phosphorus to your jaw is suspended. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue loses mass and density, gradually breaking down to cause further tooth loss and also leads to a prematurely aged appearance. Tooth loss doesn’t just change how you eat and speak, or your overall appearance, it weakens your oral health and complicates your bite function too. But with dental implants, we can stop this gradual breakdown and preserve your youthful features.
Dental implant posts are made from titanium, a biocompatible material the body sees as natural root structure. Which means when we place dental implants, the body will see them as natural roots and bond with them, a process known as osseointegration. This means the flow of calcium and phosphates resumes, and the growth of jawbone structure is stimulated to prevent further breakdowns and keep your smile whole and strong. In addition, this means your new teeth last much longer than traditional bridge or removable dentures, and they can stay in place for decades to come or even a lifetime with proper care and attention.
Placing Your New Roots
How do we place your new teeth? When you come to our office, our team will carefully examine the smile with digital x-rays to assess the best angle and position to insert these posts, so they simulate the jaw and protect your smile. Once in place and the area heals, we can add abutments to the post that provide structure for connecting a crown, completing your new tooth. We can also use several posts to support a bridge or even a complete set of dentures. If you have suffered from major tooth loss, don’t hide your smile or watch it gradually break down. Instead, talk to our team! If you have any questions about implant dentistry and smile preservation, then contact our team today to learn more and get started on your path to a full smile again!
TALK TO YOUR ROCHESTER, MN DENTIST ABOUT TOOTH REPLACEMENT
We would like to help you obtain a complete smile. If you would like to find out more about securing custom tooth replacements, or if you wish to book an appointment at our location, call Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.