The Osseo-Integration Process Difference with Dental Implants
Dental implants are restorations that have been used by dentists for more than thirty years. Still, many people think of conventional forms of tooth replacement when facing this type of treatment. For much of the history of dentistry, dental bridges and dentures have served as viable stand-ins for missing natural teeth. Both men and women who choose to replace even a single missing tooth with dental implants, quickly discover the major difference that comes from the process of osseointegration. For patients of all ages, dental implants allow the return to natural function. In our office near Yukon, we offer various dental implant solutions for the replacement of missing teeth.
Dentures, dental bridges, and implants are all designed to replace teeth that have been lost or removed. Where the differences between dental bridges and dentures are slight, the difference between these two choices and dental implants is significant.
Both a dental bridge and a denture will sit on top of the gums. The common problems with conventional dentures are well known. They can slip and fall out, or rub against gum tissue, causing irritation. Speech may be affected by dentures, and certain foods may need to be avoided. Because a dental bridge, designed to replace one tooth or a few teeth only, is anchored by adjacent teeth, patients are given the illusion of normal function. In truth, only dental implants, because of osseointegration, are capable of restoring full structure after the loss of teeth.
Dental implants are inserted directly into healthy jawbone. Bone, over time, fuses around the implant, making it a permanent part of the jaw structure. This new structure mimics that of natural teeth, whose roots are implanted into healthy jawbone. This bone tissue requires stimulation to remain intact for life, and only implant treatment assures that this stimulation continues.
When teeth are replaced with a bridge or dentures, you may regain the look of a healthy smile. Beneath the surface, however, something is missing. Tooth replacements that do not address the missing root structure fall short of complete success. With dental implants, the restorations are stabilized by bone, not by other teeth or dental adhesive. Additionally, implants ensure that jawbone tissue does not break down over time.
Restoring your smile to its most natural state is possible with help from your skilled implant dentist. Contact our office to learn more.