Made from realistic-looking materials and highly-advanced diagnostic technology, today’s modern replacement teeth aspire to look and perform like healthy, natural teeth. To do so, however, they must restore a lost tooth’s entire structure, including the root that was embedded within your jawbone. Dental implants, which are root-shaped prostheses made from biocompatible titanium, are innovative anchors that support your replacement teeth the way roots support your healthy teeth.
Dental Implants Offer Greater Support
Dental bridges, partial dentures, and complete dentures restore your smile’s beauty, and its functionality, by replacing the visible, top portions of your teeth, called the crowns. To stay in place, conventional dental prostheses rely on hidden clasps, dental adhesives, or the support of surrounding healthy teeth. Over time, this support can become less stable, and you’ll have to readjust or replace it to restore your appliance’s fit. Instead, dental implants provide anchored roots to hold your replacement teeth steady, providing unmatched stability in the face of repeated biting and chewing pressures.
Implant-Supported Restorations Last Longer
Wear and tear is natural for manmade dental restorations, and regardless of how advanced yours is, it will likely need to be replaced at some point. The difference with dental implant-supported restorations is that your jawbone fuses to the implant post, making it a permanent part of your jawbone’s anatomy. The greater support means you won’t require periodic readjustments, and even when your dental crown, bridge, or denture wears down, your implant(s) will remain to support your replacement, as well.
Dental Implants Do More for Your Oral Health
The secret behind the benefits and improvements that dental implants offer lies in the way your jawbone fuses to their biocompatible titanium surfaces—known as osseointegration. By filling the empty sockets in your jawbone where your teeth’s roots used to be, dental implants restore stimulation to your jawbone every time you bite and chew. This stimulation helps promote a healthy flow of nutrient-rich blood to your upper and lower jaw, preserving its integrity and reducing the risks of issues such as jawbone deterioration and further tooth loss.
ABOUT YOUR KATY IMPLANT DENTIST:
Dr. Colin Lathrop and the Lathrop Dental Center proudly serve patients and families from in and around Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, and all surrounding communities. If you’d like to schedule a dental appointment, you can reach our office in Katy, TX, by calling (832) 437-3849.