Aren’t sure if dental implants are the right choice for your smile? If you’ve recently lost a tooth or multiple teeth, we recommend scheduling an appointment with one of our dental implant dentists in Hobart, IN.
Here’s what else you need to know about the dental implant procedure and how it can preserve bone density in the jaw for the rest of your life.
How Dental Implant Treatment Works
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root that’s made out of a titanium alloy. When placed in the jawbone, it’ll start to fuse to the surrounding tissue during a process called osseointegration.
Once the implant forges a strong connection with your jawbone, it’ll be ready to support an abutment and crown. Together, the implant, abutment, and crown give you the full function and appearance of a natural tooth.
Stop Bone Loss in its Tracks
Your natural teeth are supported by their roots, the jawbone, surrounding gums, and other teeth in the mouth. However, when you lose a tooth, you also lose its root. Not to mention, the body will absorb the minerals in the jawbone surrounding the empty socket and the gums may start to recede. This is a recipe for future tooth loss and other oral health issues.
The job of a titanium dental implant is to replace the function of the natural tooth root. Not only does this provide a solid foundation for the abutment and crown, but it exerts pressure on the jawbone. This tells the body that the bone around the empty socket is still in use and needs to be left intact.
Protect the Health of Remaining Teeth
If your remaining teeth don’t have proper support, they’ll start to drift toward the open space left by the empty socket. This can result in crooked and/or crowded teeth, as well as a misaligned bite. By replacing your missing tooth with a dental implant, your other teeth will remain in their original positions and you’ll greatly reduce your risk of further tooth and bone loss. It’s a win-win!
Seek Treatment As Soon as Possible
Most people who experience tooth loss are candidates for dental implants. That being said, it’s better for your oral health and overall well-being if you replace a missing tooth right away. This ensures that we stop bone loss in its tracks as soon as possible. Also, the sooner we’re able to place dental implants after tooth loss, the less likely you’ll need a bone graft.