Senior man enjoying food after a dental implantDental implants have become quite popular in recent years as they present a number of advantages over other tooth replacement options. Without teeth, daily life can be quite challenging. Over time, the body will reabsorb the jawbone and the risk for further tooth loss is increased.

Fortunately, dental implants offered at many specialised dental practices, including Moor Park Dental in London, are durable, long-lasting and look and feel exactly like natural teeth. This means that they can fully restore a person’s eating, chewing and speaking ability as well as protect their oral health in the future.

What makes dental implants so special?

Dental implants are unique for many reasons. Unlike other popular tooth replacement options such as dentures and bridges, dental implants are used to replace more than just the visible structure of teeth, they also replace the tooth root.

Dental implants are small titanium posts, with a screw-like texture and appearance, which are surgically fixed into the jawbone. After the operation, the jawbone will fuse around the dental implant. This is made possible because titanium is compatible with human tissue and allows the implant to act as a tooth root. Once the implants have stabilised, permanent replacement teeth such as crowns, bridges or dentures are attached on top of them.

Health benefits of dental implants

Teeth are held in place by very strong muscles, which tug against the jawbone while chewing and talking, thus stimulating the underlying jawbone. Unfortunately, when teeth go missing, the bone doesn’t receive enough stimulation to continue this process and starts deteriorating. Because dental implants are held in place by small titanium posts in the jawbone, they can stimulate the jawbone like the natural tooth once did, and keep the jawbone strong and dense. Furthermore, dental implants help preserve jaw shape and facial contours.

Unlike bridges, which are supported by neighbouring teeth, dental implants are independently supported, which helps protect healthy teeth in the long-run. Furthermore, dental implants look and feel just like natural teeth, allowing patients to eat their favourite foods and preventing overall malnutrition. Unlike other restoration options, dental implants don’t require any special care other than regular brushing and flossing. This allows patients to maintain their teeth and avoid unnecessary gum disease.