Dental implants are a revolutionary treatment option used to replace the roots of teeth so that visible prosthetics can be held securely in place. Replacing the roots of teeth helps stabilize restorations like crowns and dental bridges so that people who have suffered from tooth loss enjoy renewed oral function and an improved appearance. Dr. Holloman offers dental implants to patients throughout our community.
The Basics on Dental Implants
A dental implant is a prosthetic made of titanium. It is shaped like a cylinder with one end tapered. Dental implants also have a ridged texture, much like a screw has. Implants are embedded into the jawbone through the empty tooth socket. Once the implant is embedded, the stabilization of the implant will be monitored. After the implant is stable, a permanent, custom restoration is attached to complete the tooth replacement process. The dental implant will securely hold a restoration so that patients can enjoy optimal oral function and a prosthetic that supports the entire oral health system.
Dental Implants and Your Health
Dental implants can provide a number of oral health and quality of life benefits. First, having a replacement tooth that functions like a biological one is great for enjoying a variety of foods, speaking easily, and having an improved appearance. Enjoying a variety of foods means that a person can maintain a full-balanced diet.
Beyond quality of life benefits, there are good reasons to choose dental implants for your health. Since dental implants are embedded into the jaw, they keep the bone active and therefore, they can prevent bone resorption. Bone atrophy commonly affects those with tooth loss because the roots of teeth are no longer present to keep bone stimulated. On top of helping patients maintain bone density, dental implants provide support to existing biological teeth. A dental implant and its restoration will support the placement of neighboring teeth, which prevents them from sliding into empty tooth sockets.
The Cost of Tooth Loss
Tooth loss has far-reaching effects on a person’s life and wellbeing. Without our teeth, eating and speaking is cumbersome. Losing teeth is also a blow to one’s self-esteem and confidence. Incomplete smiles can increase the risks for depression and social isolation. Once a person loses a tooth or two, the risks for further tooth loss increases - especially when a person does not receive replacement teeth in a timely manner. Our teeth help preserve and protect oral tissue, like bone. When our teeth are missing, the bone is left unstimulated, which leads to the body resorbing inactive tissue.
For more information about dental implants, call us to schedule a tooth replacement consultation with Dr. Holloman.
Dental Implants FAQs
A dental implant is a prosthetic made from titanium that is used to replace the roots of a missing tooth. Dental implants are shaped like a cylinder and somewhat resemble a screw because they have a ridged texture. A dental implant is embedded into the jawbone so that a process called “osseointegration” can occur. Osseointegration means that the bone surrounding an implant will fuse around it to hold it in place, similarly to how bone holds the roots of teeth in place. A single dental implant can hold a restoration like a crown while a series of dental implants can hold a full arch of teeth (a denture).
Candidates for dental implants normally have adequate bone density, decent oral health, and no signs of periodontal disease. Some patients who have lost bone mass may require bone grafts so that dental implants have enough support. Other patients may require periodontal therapy as well before receiving a dental implant.
Determining whether a person is a candidate for implant dentistry is a careful process that involves closely reviewing a person’s health history and their current state of oral health. The only way to be certain if dental implants meet your tooth replacement needs is to schedule a consultation. At your consultation, a physical examination is performed and information about your health history is gathered. Consultations are a wonderful opportunity for patients to ask questions or voice concerns.
Bone loss commonly accompanies tooth loss. The roots of our teeth keep the jaw stimulated and active. When teeth are missing, their roots are no longer able to stimulate bone. Unstimulated bone is often lost due to atrophy. The body commonly resorbs bone that is inactive. Other tooth replacement methods only replace the visible structures of teeth and lay on top of the gums. Dental implants, however, are loaded into and secured by the jawbone. Since titanium is a biocompatible material, implants will stimulate the jaw the way that natural teeth do to minimize bone atrophy.
The price of receiving dental implants can vary from person to person. This is because every implantation case is different due to patients’ unique needs and circumstances. Receiving dental implants involves more than just placing the implant in the jaw. Patients require checkups after their initial procedures to ensure that the implant is stabilizing, which is a process that takes some time. Moreover, some people require preliminary treatments like tooth extractions and tissue grafts prior to receiving their implant. Since so many factors can affect the cost of dental implants, it is recommended to speak with our staff about estimates after one’s consultation. Our team can determine estimates based on our dentist’s customized recommendations. mulas that won’t harm tooth enamel or permanently increase tooth sensitivity. Professional whitening is a long-lasting complement to your smile that can greatly improve your appearance without an invasive procedure.