Three Reasons to Consider Dental Implants
Implants are certainly one of the greatest assets in dentistry. There are several reasons to consider implants as a treatment option:
- Dental implants are the ultimate tooth replacement
When a tooth is pulled, the surrounding bone collapses and resorbs over time. A dental implant is the closest thing we have to a tooth replacement. Like a healthy tooth, an implant absorbs forces and transmits it to the surrounding bone, therefore maintaining the bone levels.
- Dental implants are made of titanium and do not decay
Implants are made of titanium and the crown that screws into the implant is made of metal and/or ceramic. Unlike natural teeth, these materials are not subject to corrosion or degradation from acid, sugar, and bacteria in the mouth.
- Dental implants can be combined with older, traditional treatments to offer better results
Conventional dentures sit on top of the gums and get most of their support from the bone underneath the gums. The bone, in response, wears away over time. This is why after wearing a denture for many years, dentures may feel loose. The denture never changes, but the gums and bone supporting the denture resorbs over time.
Implants can prevent the bone from resorbing at the sites where it is placed and can be used to support a denture. In some cases, the denture will never touch the gums because it is connected to the implant.