Dental Implants

Replacing Lost Teeth with Implants

If you’ve experienced tooth loss, then there may be more to consider than you realize at first. The appearance of your smile is a highly noticeable factor, which makes it one of the most common motivations for replacing lost teeth. However, appearance isn’t all that matters, and in addition to restoring your smile’s attractiveness, your tooth replacement should also be able to restore the vital functions of your teeth. For this reason, dental implants are often the best solution for tooth loss. They not only replace the visible parts of your teeth, but also the roots that supported your teeth and stimulated your jawbone.

How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants consist of two main parts – the implant post(s) that go in your jawbone, and the restoration that’s secured on top of them with abutments. The restoration is similar to a conventional dental crown, bridge, or denture, with the exception of being modified to be attached to dental implant posts. The implant posts themselves are made from biocompatible titanium, which your jawbone fuses to as it heals over time. This process – known as osseointegration – makes your implant posts permanent parts of your jawbone structure, similar to healthy, natural teeth roots.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the only way to address the loss of your teeth roots, and doing so is the only way to prevent some of the most devastating effects of tooth loss. This makes dental implants highly beneficial compared to traditional prostheses. Some of the most important benefits include:

  • Jawbone loss prevention – Stimulated teeth roots and dental implant posts tell your body that your jawbone needs nutrients. Losing teeth roots reduces this stimulation, but dental implants can help reestablish it and prevent the loss of jawbone mass and density that could otherwise occur.
  • Increased bite stability – Traditional bridges and dentures are designed to be as stable as possible without roots, but can still be prone to shifting and moving over time. This is not only uncomfortable, but can also impact your bite’s ability to function properly. Anchoring your bridge or denture in place helps prevent this and provides significantly improved stability when you bite and chew.
  • Boosted confidence in your smile – When your dental prosthesis feels more like real teeth, your confidence in your smile skyrockets. You’ll not only enjoy improved bite function, but also the comfort and confidence of knowing that your prosthesis won’t shift noticeably while you’re interacting with friends, family, co-workers, and strangers.

Find out if you qualify for dental implants

Losing a tooth can mean a lot of things for your smile, but with dental implants, you can avoid most of the consequences of tooth loss. To find out if you qualify for dental implants, schedule a free consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659. We also serve patients who live in Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and all surrounding communities.