Implant dentistry has made remarkable advances in the way dentists treat missing, damaged, and extracted teeth. Through the surgical placement of dental implants, finished with a custom-made dental crown, the patient has the benefits of both an aesthetically pleasing, natural-looking tooth and the normal function of a natural tooth, often with increased strength due to the design. Dental implants protect the bone and gum tissue in patients, helping reduce bone loss and tissue loss, and the design helps support the adjacent or neighboring teeth and teeth roots from further loss.
The dental implant consists of a strong hypoallergenic metal component that is placed within the jawbone, serving as a replacement for the missing tooth roots. The implanted component joins with other parts and eventually a customized dental crown to provide the look of a natural tooth. The crown is often composed of porcelain to resemble the natural design of teeth with their protective enamel. Unlike natural teeth, however, dental crowns are not susceptible to cavities. [pullquote]Dental implants protect the bone and gum tissue in patients, helping reduce bone loss and tissue loss, and the design helps support the adjacent or neighboring teeth and teeth roots from further loss.[/pullquote]
The implanted portion of the dental implant is also not susceptible to cavities or other decay and disease. The gum tissue around the implant, however, is still susceptible to gum disease if oral health is not readily maintained. Patients with dental implants must maintain regular, twice daily, brushing habits, and also floss to protect natural teeth and gums around the implants. If the implant supports a bridge, patients may be required to floss under the bridge, or use an interdental brush to stimulate gum tissue and keep the area clean.
Allowing germs and inflammation to build around a dental implant can result in loss of bone, tissue, and cause damage to adjacent teeth. If bone loss and/or tissue loss occurs, the implant may become loose or lose some strength. For most patients, the better the oral health habits for at-home and dental office care, the better the success with implants and similar treatment options. Attending regular dental checkups and cleanings can help catch early signs of trouble around the implant.
For more information on implant dentistry and treatment options, contact the office of Dr. John Withers at (940) 293-2635 today!