A dental implant from Vanguard Dental Group in Derry NH is an artificial tooth root that is inserted into the jaw, where it fuses with the bone. Once it does it becomes a rock-solid anchor for one or more artificial teeth.
When an adult tooth and its root are lost, the bone in that area no longer gets the stimulation it needs and begins to atrophy. How quickly this loss of bone mass happens varies from one person to the next, but generally speaking most bone loss occurs within eighteen months of the loss of the tooth and its root.
A dental bridge will not do anything to stop this process. That’s because the bridge, and the artificial tooth it supports, rest on top of the gums.
In addition to bone loss, any teeth that neighbor the site of the lost tooth may begin to rotate. This can alter the patient’s bite. Another consequence of bone loss is sagging facial features.
Because it mimics a tooth root, a dental implant can prevent bone loss and the rotation of remaining teeth. Implants are most often made from titanium, a lightweight metal that is well-suited to fusing with bone.
At Vanguard Dental Group in Derry NH we have placed dental implants in patients throughout Londonderry, Salem, and Chester. We also offer complete family dentistry. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!
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