Are Dental Implants Right for You? Ask Your Durham Dentist
Most patients who’ve suffered tooth loss are viable candidates for dental implants, which are biocompatible titanium posts that replace your lost tooth roots. Prosthetic teeth must be custom-designed to fit the specific needs of your smile, and as prosthetic tooth roots, dental implants can provide the support your replacement teeth need to function as lifelike as they look. If you’re wondering whether or not they’re the right choice for you, your Durham dentist, Dr. Clark, explores how dental implants can replace any number of lost teeth.
How Many Teeth Need Replacement?
Deciding which dental prosthetic suits your tooth loss needs depends on the amount and placement of lost teeth (i.e., dental bridge, partial denture, or full denture). Your new teeth must fit perfectly around existing healthy teeth to function properly. Dental implants, however, are surgically inserted into your jawbone, and Dr. Clark can utilize one or more of them to support any size dental device that you require.
Fortifying Your Jawbone for Dental Implants
One of the many benefits of dental implants is that they help restore stimulation in your jawbone when you bite and chew. The stimulation helps facilitate a healthy nutrient supply to your jawbone to support the teeth it holds, and replacing lost roots with one or more dental implants can help preserve your jawbone’s integrity (and ability to retain the rest of your teeth in the long run). For successful placement, however, your jawbone must be strong enough to support your dental implants. If severe disease, extensive tooth loss, or a congenital defect causes insufficient jawbone structure, then Dr. Clark may recommend a jawbone graft to reinforce your jaw, allowing it to support and maintain your dental implant replacements.