Patients with missing teeth have relied on tooth replacement options that restore only the visible portion of smiles for years. While renewing appearance and chewing ability is helpful, the underlying root structure also performs functions vital to oral health like anchoring the tooth in place and stimulating the jaw to retain adequate bone density. Luckily, Dr. James G. Mace and his Washington, MO team offer dental implant supported tooth replacement. This versatile treatment option replaces the entire missing tooth from the roots up.
The Dental Implants Process
Dental implants are composed of titanium posts placed below the gum line that provide an anchor for a custom dental restoration. Implants mimic the form and function of a tooth root, and are effective in replacing any number of missing teeth. The first step of the dental implant process is a minor surgical procedure. A trusted implant surgeon makes a small incision in the gum where the implant is needed, and positions the titanium post against the jawbone. Over a period of several months, the implant fuses with the underlying bone creating a strong, natural support structure for the patient’s replacement tooth or teeth. Once the post and jawbone fuse, the patient returns, and we place a natural looking dental restoration on top of the implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Comfort – dental implants feel more like natural teeth, so patients hardly notice a difference. Tooth replacement options like partial and full dentures rub the gums, put excess pressure on the jawbone, and may move around in the mouth.
- Stability – never fear biting into a juicy burger or crunchy apple in public. With implant supported tooth replacement, patients regain up to 70% of their chewing ability compared with traditional denture wearers.
- Age – less – dental implants stimulate the jaw promoting the retention of bone density, and support gum tissue so it maintains volume. By keeping natural gum and bone tissue in place, patients retain their healthy, youthful facial appearance.
- Protect oral health – crown and bridge is a more traditional, permanent single-tooth replacement, but it requires the removal of healthy dental structure for support. Dentures and partials place excess pressure on gums, cause sores, and increase the risk for gum disease. Dental implants function like natural teeth, and with proper care, allow patients to maintain the optimal level of oral health.
Find out more about Washington Dental Implants
Whether you’re missing one tooth or a full arch, contact Dr. Mace and his Washington, MO dental team today. We offer a variety of tooth replacement options, and may recommend versatile, natural tooth replacement utilizing dental implants.