There’s no hiding or denying that losing teeth or coping with decayed, broken teeth is painful and embarrassing. But many people don’t realize just how dangerous it is, either. At dental implants become more popular compared to the old standby of dentures, dentists are working to educate the public and help them understand why implants can provide so many benefits to those with teeth problems.
How Implants Work
Dental implants can be done on one single tooth or an entire mouth that has suffered such significant damage that all teeth need to be extracted. As long as you are in good health and are willing to quit smoking if necessary, you are a candidate to receive implants. The implants are placed using a different process based on the condition of your mouth. If you only need one tooth replaced, the implant itself is placed into your gums and joins with a crown that looks exactly like a normal tooth. If you need multiple teeth replaced, the same process is done using two implants to join a bridge (multiple crowns, or teeth, linked together) so your new implanted teeth still look natural and realistic.
It’s possible that you may need all of the bottom or top teeth replaced, in which case a removable implant-supported system would be used. This requires at least four to six dental implants to harness the denture into your mouth. This makes them easy to clean but allows the dentures to be affixed without the threat of moving or falling out.
The Benefits to the Jaw
The bones around your teeth actually need stimulation to maintain form and density. When teeth are lost or extracted, the bone no longer receives the stimulation it needs and begins to shrink. As more teeth are lost, the bone suffers to a higher degree. Eventually parts of the bone become so damaged that the jawbone actually begins to melt away.
Dental implants can prevent this terrible process by continuing to provide the bone with its stimulation. If bone has already been lost before the implant process begins, it can actually be grafted and regenerated so that the implants have enough substance for anchoring. At the end of the day, dental implants are the only thing that can stop the bone from undergoing resorption.