The loss of an adult tooth can lead to a loss in your ability to bite and chew. It can affect your speech. Tooth loss can even lead to a loss of bone density in your jaw. Dental implants are small, bio-compatible titanium posts that are inserted into your bone to support a restorative replacement, such as dental crown, dental bridge, or denture. The implant provides stability for the replacement like your roots provide stability for your natural teeth. In addition to providing support, implants also help preserve the integrity of your jawbone structure that supports the rest of your teeth.
What If I Just Skip Getting an Implant?
It is possible to restore a missing tooth without an implant. A bridge or dentures can both work without the use of an implant. However, an implant prevents against bone density loss in the jaw. Without the stimulation provided by the implant or the roots of your tooth, your jaw can begin to soften, weaken, and change shape. This can cause your restoration to fit incorrectly. If you choose not to get a restoration, bone loss in your jaw can endanger the remaining teeth left in your mouth.
Do Implants Require Special Care?
Implants do not require any specialized care from you or your dentist. However, the recommend visits to your dentist at least twice a year become even more important so that your dentist can check on the health and status of your implant along with the rest of your mouth’s health. Keeping your mouth healthy is important to maintain the integrity of your implant. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day keeps tooth decay or gum disease from causing any potential issues.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
If you maintain a healthy mouth, a dental implant should be able to last a lifetime. The odds of a long-lasting implant increase when you continue to visit your dentist, but the implant is designed to last as long as a natural tooth.
Do you have more questions about dental implants?
To learn more about dental implants, schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.