Historically, to lose a tooth meant to live with a large gap between two teeth. In previous centuries, the older a person became, the more obvious these gaps would grow. This was because, without the knowledge of how to take care of teeth and gums sufficiently, most people would lose one tooth, then another, and another, and so on, until they were eventually toothless. As dentistry became more modern in its technical capabilities, options to replace missing teeth were developed. However, that special “something” was always missing – until now.
Today, tooth loss may still be addressed with conventional methods such as a partial or full denture, or a dental bridge. More and more often, though, we are seeing patients opt for the highest degree of natural sensation by choosing dental implants to restore structure. This treatment option may be the new kid on the block, but it is not new. Implants were in development more than 50 years ago. They have been in use since that time, and this continues to spread as dentists gain the skill to perform this smile-saving procedure.
Implants are considered an optimal treatment for the restoration of oral structure not only because materials are durable and resistant to corrosion, but because the tiny posts that are inserted into the jaw serve as excellent roots for many years. Until now, there was no type of tooth replacement that was considered permanent, but dental implants have changed all that.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are several advantages that patients gain when they replace missing roots and teeth using dental implants and the appropriate restoration. One of the primary benefits is that the final result of care looks and feels like natural teeth. These two aspects lead to several other benefits, including:
- Stable teeth are necessary for comfortable chewing. Patients may eat what they’d like and are not likely to notice any difference in the way they feel chewing on their replacement teeth than natural teeth.
- Being able to eat without having to focus on keeping teeth in place, patients regain not only their chewing function, but their confidence. This also extends to speaking, laughing, and smiling.
- Implants act in the same manner as roots. This means that they preserve the stimulus that is needed by bone tissue in the jaw to regenerate.
Call O’Brien Dental Care at (952) 445-6657. We’re happy to schedule a consultation to discuss your options for tooth replacement.