Tooth loss is unfortunately a common side effect of aging. Teeth can also be lost due to trauma, injury or decay. At one time, the only option to replace lost teeth was a bridge or removable dentures. Now, more and more people are choosing dental implants instead.

What are Dental Implants?Dental implants are a titanium screw that is placed directly in the jawbone to take the place of a missing tooth root. After implants are placed, they must undergo a healing process for several months. During this time, the implant fuses with the jawbone, making the implants permanent and secure.

After the healing time has elapsed, a prosthetic tooth, bridge or full set of dentures can be placed in the mouth. The result is a full set of permanent, high-quality prosthetic teeth that will last for years to come.

Why are Dental Implants Becoming More Popular?The initial introduction of dental implants as an option for tooth loss represented a huge step forward in dentistry. Since then, implants have become even more effective as dentists have discovered ways to decrease the size of the implant and reduce the likelihood of infection or other complications.

In addition, dental implants provide several advantages over removable dentures. These include:

·  Teeth remain fixed in the mouth, without risk of slipping or falling out
·  Implants stimulate natural growth in the jawbone
·  Implants are stable and do not cause uncomfortable rubbing or friction injuries
·  Teeth do not need to be removed to be cleaned

Most people who desire to have teeth replaced are good candidates for dental implants. In some cases, though, existing health conditions or the condition of the gums or jawbone make implants a less ideal option. For example, patients who have experienced a great deal of bone loss in the jaw might need to have bone grafts before implants can be placed.

For more information about dental implants, please contact a Plano dental implants specialist, or schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist in the Plano area.