There’s a reason that dental implants are such a popular choice when it comes to tooth replacement, and it’s not just the way they look. When placed correctly and cared for, implants can also protect the structure of your jaw and maintain the shape of your face.
Connecting With the Jaw
When you lose a tooth, you also lose the root that is securely settled in the jawbone. This root has worked over the years to stimulate the bone growth in the jaw and to act as a structural connection between the tooth and the jaw. Now that it’s missing, there is risk of your teeth moving and shifting and even deterioration of the bone.
While dentures are a popular traditional option for replacing teeth, they do not address the issue of bone loss in the jaw, but implants do. An implant is a small titanium rod that is centered in the jawbone before the new tooth is placed on top. Although your body didn’t make it naturally, the rod still connects and fuses with the bone over time. This process is called osseointegration.
There are four phases to osseointegration:
One of the major benefits of implants is that they look just like your normal teeth, but many don’t know that they also function exactly as natural teeth would. Because they are securely rooted in the jawbone and there is no concern about them shifting or moving, you can eat, speak and chew exactly like you used to.
The Longevity of Dental Implants
Implants can last for decades if they are placed and cared for properly. Dr. Amato at Advanced Periodontics and Dental Implant Center of Connecticut has years of experience placing dental implants, and takes a step-by-step, detailed approach that ensures your teeth are a beautiful part of your face. If you are interested in implants and want to schedule an appointment with a periodontist in Monroe, CT, call our offices today.