Losing a tooth as an adult can create a void in your smile’s appearance, but it can also create problems for your oral health. Replacing a tooth becomes important to your smile’s health. A dental implant replaces the roots of your tooth, which can help prevent the development of potential issues stemming from tooth loss. A dental implant can stimulate your jaw bone, and provide stability for a tooth replacement. We answer some commonly asked questions about dental implants and their role in smiles.
Q: Is a Dental Implant Necessary?
The roots of your teeth stimulate your jawbone, which keeps your body sending minerals to the area. Losing a tooth can make a dent in that stimulation, which can lead to a loss of bone density through a process called bone resorption. When a jawbone loses bone density, it can become weak and soft. A weak jaw cannot provide a good foundation for your remaining teeth or your tooth replacements. A soft jaw can change shape over time, which can impact the way a bridge or dentures fit into your smile. An implant provides stimulation that can help keep bone resorption from happening. A sturdy jawbone is a better home for your teeth.
Dental implants are posts made out of a biocompatible titanium. The titanium posts are strategically placed in the jawbone in a position designed withstand a certain amount of bite pressure, and support replacement teeth. Your jaw tissues and bone will fuse to the implant post as you heal.
Certain patients can get dental implants placed immediately after tooth extraction. Same-day dental implants eliminate the time between extracting a tooth and replacing it, which can reduce the amount of jawbone degradation around the extraction site.
Do you have more questions about dental implants? To schedule a consultation with Austin Prosthodontics in Austin, TX, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.