There are many reasons why patients who experience tooth loss choose dental implants to restore their smiles. Most of these reason stem from the simple, but significant, difference between implants and traditional restorations – the ability to replace your lost teeth roots. Dental implant restorations include prosthetic dental crowns, bridges, and dentures that are supported by one or a series of root-like posts. Each post is designed to become a part of your smile’s foundation, making your restoration more closely mimic the form, function, comfort, and stability of your healthy, natural teeth.
What a dental implant consists of
A dental implant restoration consists of three main parts – one or more biocompatible implant posts, a corresponding number of connective abutments, and a custom-designed restoration. The abutments connect the implant posts to your restoration after the posts are inserted into the jawbone. Because each post is crafted from biocompatible titanium, your jawbone structure accepts them, and with the abutments, the posts can offer substantially more stable support for your restoration.
The osseointegration process
The process by which dental implants become a part of your smile is known as osseointegration. When a dental implant post is placed within your jawbone structure, the bone structure heals to the post’s surface, accepting it as biologically compatible with your dental ridge. This integration between your jawbone structure and your dental implant posts is the key to how an implant restoration not only restores your smile’s appearance, but also more of your bite’s function. It can also reestablish the vital functions that your teeth roots play in the long-term health and integrity of your smile. Because of this, osseointegration can make dental implants the most lifelike and beneficial option for rebuilding your smile after tooth loss.
Functioning as a genuine part of your smile
Your healthy, natural teeth rely on roots for more reasons than you might expect. The most obvious function is to keep the crowns of your natural teeth steady as you bite and chew your food, which enables your bite to function properly. Restoring this level of functionality is an important advantage to dental implants, as they provide your restoration the ability to bite and chew more foods without any trouble. Also, the restoration of your teeth roots with dental implant posts helps better preserve your jawbone’s health and integrity, which benefits from the stimulation they provide every time you bite and chew.
Learn about biocompatible dental implants
Dental implants rebuild smiles becoming natural parts of your oral structures, mimicking the function of your lost teeth roots. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.