Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth. Unlike bridges and partial dentures, dental implants are secured in a patient’s mouth and require no support from surrounding teeth. A dental implant is a small post made from titanium that replaces a tooth’s root and is placed into the jawbone. A dental crown is then attached to this post, completing the restoration that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth.
Dental implants are made of titanium, a biocompatible metal that the body accepts and treats like its own bone. Dental implants are shaped like screws and are placed into the jawbone. Once the implant has integrated into the bone, a small connector called an abutment is placed onto the implant. The abutment is used to hold the final restoration in place.
Titanium implants are the strongest implant on the market. They allow the natural bone to grow around the implant, creating a strong foundation for the restoration. Titanium also offers the flexibility that patients need. Since the bone grows around the implant, dental implants have a natural look and feel.
While dentures are removable, dentures supported by implants are a permanent solution. Dentures that are supported by dental implants won’t slip and click out of place, and you can rely on the strength of your jawbone to prevent facial sagging. Dental implants also preserve the jawbone, preventing bone deterioration and premature aging. On the other hand, with dentures, the jaw will eventually begin to weaken, which can result in facial sagging.
Dental implants are permanent. If cared for properly with routine brushing, flossing, and checkups, your dental implants can last a lifetime. In contrast, dentures and other restorations need to be replaced every few years.
Dental implants also perform the same function as natural teeth. You can eat your favorite foods, speak clearly, and smile confidently. Finally, dental implants can improve your overall oral health. Since dental implants are permanently placed, your teeth won’t shift into gaps or spaces. This protects your remaining natural teeth from shifting out of place and eventual damage.
If you are considering implants, you have probably tried some other treatment options first. In some cases, dental implants would be the last option; but in other cases, they are the best option. A bridge might be a good option in this case, but a bridge is only attached to two teeth. Implants are secured in the jawbone, just like a natural root. An implant can anchor a bridge or crown to replace one, several, or even all of your teeth.
To find out more about the dental services offered at our dental practice, call (361) 578-3544 or go online to schedule a consultation. You can also visit us at 102 Professional Park, Victoria, TX, 77904.