Dr. Norkiewicz and Dr. Deckard of Rockville Dental Arts in Rockville, MD want our patients to understand the remarkable benefits of dental implants. As your dentist in Rockville, MD, we want you to see that implant dentistry offers some solutions that nothing else in the world of restorative dentistry can match.
An implant dentist does not just fill in the gaps between teeth once an adult tooth is gone, they actually restore the entire tooth using the multi-part dental implant. This is more important than most understand, so we encourage you to read on and learn for yourself about the benefits of dental implants.
When you lose an adult tooth, it means that you lose the portion above the gum tissue, known as the crown, but also the part concealed in the gum, known as the roots. These prong-like features of the tooth hold it in place within the jaw. There are nerves and blood vessels involved in this area too, and when a tooth is lost, the entire system responds.
Though we see only the missing tooth area above the gumline, there is a great deal going on below the surface. The loss of the roots sends a message to the surrounding tissue, and the gum and jawbone begin to shrink, atrophy and recede. This is actual bone loss, and if you are missing many teeth, you will see great changes in the appearance your jaw and face.
Of course, this makes one of the benefits of dental implants the simple fact that you don’t suffer the bone or tissue loss. The artificial roots of the implant trick the body and prevent that shrinking from occurring. The implant also gets to work above the surface of the gum, holding your remaining teeth in their natural places.
After all, when the roots go, and the crown is lost, it leaves space, and your teeth are always going to move a bit into that space. Even a tiny amount of change can cause problems with your teeth, including uneven wear and tear, grinding, decay and a misaligned bite. The change in your bite might cause TMJ, headaches and more. So, the benefits of dental implants go far beyond filling in an unwanted gap in your smile, and are equal parts cosmetic and restorative.
Contact Us for Dental Implants
If you have additional questions about the benefits of dental implants, or about any of the other treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Rockville, MD office at (301) 424-2030. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.