Dental implants are biocompatible fixtures that are surgically planted into a patient’s jawbone and then completed with either a porcelain crown or an attachable dental prosthesis. Dental implants are the ideal tooth replacement solution because they actually mimic the roots, appearance and feel of a natural tooth.
For a long time, the only solution to embarrassing tooth loss was dental bridges or dentures. Luckily, the times have changed. Dental implants offer both a permanent and more natural solution to those missing one or more teeth.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that realistically simulates tooth roots, prevents bone loss and keeps your facial structure intact. The jawbone’s main purpose is to nourish your teeth, so without teeth to “feed,” the jawbone begins to deteriorate.
When tooth loss occurs, the jawbone loses the tooth root – the part of the tooth that stimulates bone development and upholds facial structure. Without the tooth root, the jawbone and underlying facial structure can begin to sag, giving the appearance of premature aging. Because dental implants actually mimic the natural tooth structure, they help keep both the jawbone and facial structure in place.
Dental implants not only improve self-esteem because of their natural appearance and prevention of premature aging, they are also healthier because no neighboring teeth are affected by the procedure. In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a tooth extraction or normal oral surgery is a viable candidate for dental implants, and most patients say they experience little to no discomfort during the procedure and healing process that follows.
Dental implants are incredibly durable and have a success rate of more than 94%. Additionally, you care for them just as you do regular teeth, making them a great tooth replacement option.
Don’t let the effects of tooth loss dictate how you live your life. At the Cincinnati Center for Corrective Jaw Surgery, Dr. Michael Lee and his staff are equipped to provide dental implants to their Cincinnati patients, and they take pride in helping each patient live to the fullest and get the smile they deserve.