A dental implant can take an imperfect smile and make it brilliant again. But what are dental implants, and how do they work?
The Dental Implant Itself
The dental implant itself is a tiny post made of a very strong, high quality biocompatible material called titanium. The post is threaded like a screw and placed into the bone of your jaw in the exact spot where the root of your original tooth used to be. The bone grows into the threads of the screw and forms a bond, so it’s just as solid as your other teeth.
The Next Two Parts
Next, an abutment which looks like a small collar is placed onto the post. Finally, a restoration that is designed to look exactly like the tooth it is replacing is attached to the abutment. The gum seals up around the base of the restored tooth, and your smile looks as good as new.
A Permanent Solution
This is a permanent solution to a missing tooth, and the artificial tooth will look and feel just like the original. People won’t even be able to tell you’ve had dental work done. Your smile will look even and natural, and you will be able to smile, eat, and talk normally. If you take good care of your dental implants, they can last for decades or even a lifetime.
What Is The Right Solution For You?
Your dentist might recommend a single dental implant if you only need one tooth replaced, or implant supported dentures if many or all teeth in an arch (the upper or bottom jaw) need replacing. If you need dentures, they can be supported by just 4 to 6 implants in each arch. The dentures will be attached to the dental implant posts and provide a permanent, natural, comfortable solution.
A Dental Implant Does More Than Just Give You a Beautiful Smile
The roots of your teeth stimulate your jawbone and keep it healthy. When a tooth is lost, bone underneath the socket can start to dissolve. The dental implant acts in the same way as the root of your original tooth to help keep your jaw structured and the underlying bone strong.
Now you know what dental implants are and what they can do for you, are you ready to give your smile a makeover? Call us today for a consultation, and we can bring back your confidence by bringing back your smile.