Functionality determines many of your choices. It forces you to compare your options.Missing teeth certainly impacts function, and a dental implant is a good choice for a functional replacement.
It’s normal to compare how a dental implant works alongside your natural tooth. Your natural teeth and dental implants typically look, feel, and function in a similar way.
But there are differences to consider.
Teeth require a supportive environment to remain healthy. Your teeth primarily attach to the surrounding bone beneath your visible gum line.
The periodontal ligament consists of fibers that are actually within the tooth on one side. Your tooth is attached to bone on the opposite side.
Dental implants are attached directly to the bone. The gum tissue attaches to your tooth root via fiber also. Yet gum tissue can only attach to the surface of your dental implant.
Your teeth are vulnerable to dental decay. On occasion, tooth decay can lead to the need for a root canal.
The base ingredient of a dental implant is metal. Because of this, they don’t decay and do not require root canal treatment.
Periodontal (gum) disease can also damage your tooth structure. A dental implant can become inflamed or irritated as the gum tissue adjusts to it.
Occasionally the bone structure surrounding your implant can deteriorate. But the overall impact on your bone structure is less and much different than with your natural teeth.
Dental implants are similar to crowns and other tooth replacement options when it comes to maintenance. It’s trustworthy treatment and can be replaced without impacting the implant’s attachment to the bone.
Your implant requires good dental hygiene like your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing help control bacteria growth for your dental implant too.
Your dental hygienist has special instruments designed to clean your dental implant. The instruments will not damage the metal surface of the implant beneath your gum tissue.
Regular dental check-ups help monitor your implant to confirm that it’s adapting to the bone tissue. It’s also important to assure that your dental implant is functioning appropriately with attached crowns and/or bridgework.
Function follows dental implant treatment. Proper follow-up, treatment monitoring, and routine maintenance help assure your tooth replacement remains healthy and functional.
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