What is a dental implant? A dental implant from The Lewisville Dentist is a permanent replacement for a lost tooth, and consists of three components:
Strictly speaking, a dental implant is the post (usually titanium) that is inserted into the jawbone at the site of a missing tooth. One of these posts can support one tooth replacement. Several of them can support a set of dentures.
The titanium posts fuses with the bone to become a strong and stable base for the restoration it supports. Your jawbone and blood circulation treat the post as if it’s a natural tooth root.
Why Is It Better Than Dentures Or A Dental Bridge?
With a dental bridge, your dentist removes tooth structure from the adjacent teeth to attach the bridge (false tooth). It compromises the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth.
An implant doesn’t cause any damage to the adjacent teeth. In fact, it helps them bty prevening bone recession and stimulating blood circulation. An implant is better for your oral health than an extraction followed by no restoration.
Dentures make it hard to eat, taste, and talk. It’s harder to consume a nutritious diet with dentures.
Dentures don’t prevent bone recession. And they can irritate the soft tissues of the mouth. Plus they reduce self-confidence and quality of life.
How Long Does A Tooth Implant Last?
If your mouth is otherwise healthy and you take proper care of a tooth implant, it can last a lifetime.
A traditional dental bridge lasts from 7-10 years. Dentures last from 5-7 years.
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