Dental implants are an ideal way to restore lost or missing teeth, and can help to preserve the health of the patient’s remaining teeth while retaining all the functions of the teeth and jaw, such as biting and chewing, and even speech.
Dental implant treatment involves an implant dentist inserting a small titanium support directly into the space vacated by the now missing tooth. Over a period of time, a process called osseointegration occurs, where the implant fuses with the underlying bone. This gives the implant all the strength of a natural, healthy tooth and helps to preserve gum tissue and jaw bone.
The implant dentist places a porcelain dental crown that has been shaped to replicate the missing tooth on top of the support to complete the process. The end result is one that looks and acts as a natural tooth. Biting and chewing isn’t compromised, speech patterns are retained, as is a healthy and attractive smile.
One of the great benefits about dental implants over other forms of dental reconstruction is the ease of aftercare that comes with them. While dentures, for instance, may require to be soaked in special cleaning solutions each night to remove bacteria, dental implants are a wholly-permanent solution and so can be treated and cared for in the same way as you would do with normal teeth.
Good care of dental implants simply involves the wearer adopt a good dental health regime consisting of brushing with a good quality toothpaste, regular flossing and use of a flouride mouthwash to help to keep teeth healthy.
Coupled with regular visits to a dentist for routine check-ups and professional cleaning to remove stubborn plaque and tartar, the health of natural teeth can be preserved, as well as maintaining the appearance of the implant.
With the natural appearance of dental implants, allied with the host of benefits they offer over other forms of dental reconstruction, its little wonder that the treatment has seen such a surge in popularity when it comes to restoring a smile, while safeguarding dental health for years to come.
To learn more about the benefits of dental implants, contact the Arlington TX office of Daniel Bush at 817-465-0355 to schedule an appointment.