One of the great things about dental implants is that they feel like having your natural teeth back again. That’s because they replace the tooth root as well as the visible part of the crown, so they have the stability of real teeth. They also enable Dr. Root to replace a missing tooth without having to put crowns on the adjacent teeth, making them a more conservative treatment option.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium root forms that are surgically placed in the jawbone. During the healing process, the body surrounds them with more bone material. This process is called osseointegration, and it makes the implants a part of the jawbone.
Dr. Root’s Process
Dr. Root works with surgeons with specialty training for the surgical placement of the implants. Once that surgery is done, there is a healing period to allow for osseointegration. He then creates a custom-fit crown out of zirconia, a beautiful type of ceramic that is so strong it has earned the nickname ceramic steel.
Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss
In addition to restoring natural function and appearance, dental implants prevent bone loss. When we lose a tooth, our bodies interpret the loss to mean that the minerals in that part of the jaw are no longer needed. So they absorb those minerals for use in other parts of the body. If we have only a few missing teeth, a dental bridge can keep the other teeth in alignment, but when we are missing all our teeth, the process of mineral absorption will inevitably lead to facial collapse.
Facial collapse is the condition that we sometimes see in older people. It gives the face a shrunken appearance. It has potentially serious consequences because it leaves people without enough jawbone structure to comfortably support dentures, making it difficult to chew effectively.
Learn more about this topic by reading our page entitled Facial Collapse. Dr. Root also offers a brief complimentary consultation if you would like to meet him and discuss your case with him but aren’t ready to commit to an exam. Please call our office or click here to complete our Request an Appointment form.