Dental implants are a revolutionary treatment option used to replace the roots of teeth so that visible prosthetics can be held securely in place. Replacing the roots of teeth helps stabilize restorations like crowns and dental bridges so that people who have suffered from tooth loss enjoy renewed oral function and an improved appearance. Dr. Holloman offers dental implants to patients throughout our community.
A dental implant is a prosthetic made of titanium. It is shaped like a cylinder with one end tapered. Dental implants also have a ridged texture, much like a screw has. Implants are embedded into the jawbone through the empty tooth socket. Once the implant is embedded, the stabilization of the implant will be monitored. After the implant is stable, a permanent, custom restoration is attached to complete the tooth replacement process. The dental implant will securely hold a restoration so that patients can enjoy optimal oral function and a prosthetic that supports the entire oral health system.
Dental implants can provide a number of oral health and quality of life benefits. First, having a replacement tooth that functions like a biological one is great for enjoying a variety of foods, speaking easily, and having an improved appearance. Enjoying a variety of foods means that a person can maintain a full-balanced diet.
Beyond quality of life benefits, there are good reasons to choose dental implants for your health. Since dental implants are embedded into the jaw, they keep the bone active and therefore, they can prevent bone resorption. Bone atrophy commonly affects those with tooth loss because the roots of teeth are no longer present to keep bone stimulated. On top of helping patients maintain bone density, dental implants provide support to existing biological teeth. A dental implant and its restoration will support the placement of neighboring teeth, which prevents them from sliding into empty tooth sockets.
Tooth loss has far-reaching effects on a person’s life and wellbeing. Without our teeth, eating and speaking is cumbersome. Losing teeth is also a blow to one’s self-esteem and confidence. Incomplete smiles can increase the risks for depression and social isolation. Once a person loses a tooth or two, the risks for further tooth loss increases - especially when a person does not receive replacement teeth in a timely manner. Our teeth help preserve and protect oral tissue, like bone. When our teeth are missing, the bone is left unstimulated, which leads to the body resorbing inactive tissue.
For more information about dental implants, call us to schedule a tooth replacement consultation with Dr. Holloman.