What’s Different About Dental Implants?

Rebuilding a smile that’s lost one or more teeth is easier these days than it’s ever been. Modern bridges and dentures are made with highly lifelike materials that closely mimic your healthy, natural teeth. Advanced technology makes designing your prosthesis a more precise and comfortable process. However, at our Tucson, AZ, dental office, we may also recommend replacing your lifelike prosthesis on one or more dental implants, which are designed to mimic and replace your lost teeth roots. The difference that dental implants make can have long-lasting benefits for both your replacement teeth and the rest of your oral health.

How they hold replacement teeth steady

Dental implant posts are crafted from biocompatible titanium, and after they’re placed in your jawbone, the bone heals to their surfaces. This makes them nearly as permanent and nearly as steady as your healthy, natural teeth roots, and gives your dental crown, bridge, or denture unmatched comfort and stability. By contrast, traditional prostheses rely on solutions such as dental crowns attached to abutment teeth, hidden clasps, and/or adhesives to remain in place. With root-like dental implants, your prosthesis will feel more natural and lifelike.

How they feel without clasps or abutment teeth

Over time, you can get used to the feeling of a dental bridge being bonded to healthy, natural teeth, or the clasps that often accompany partial dentures. However, you’ll still fell them, and after years of use, you might also feel your prosthesis slipping and shifting when you bite, chew, and speak. Because dental implants anchor your replacement teeth to your jawbone, like natural teeth roots, they eliminate the concerns that come with needing additional supportive structures. The stability also offers greater comfort and confidence, especially when eating your favorite foods.

How they preserve your jawbone’s health

Looking, feeling, and functioning more like healthy, natural teeth are almost immediately apparent benefits of dental implants. However, they also do more for your smile’s long-term health than traditional prostheses can. This is because they reestablish the stimulation in your jawbone that your teeth roots are responsible for. When this stimulation is reduced, so is the nutrient supply to your jawbone, which can gradually lead to a loss of mass and density. Because dental implants are the only solution for replacing lost teeth roots, they’re also the only way to help reduce or stop this effect on your jawbone’s health and integrity.

Benefit from one or more dental implants

The biggest benefits of dental implants include more lifelike replacement teeth as well as better preservation of your long-term oral health. For more information, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling Dr. Newman’s office in Tucson, AZ, today at 520-296-5439. We’re conveniently located inside the Colonial Verde Dental building, and proudly welcome the residents of all surrounding communities.