In the past, patients with missing teeth had few options for restoration and were limited to dental bridges and dentures.
Fortunately, dental implants are now available and provide an extremely natural-looking, durable, comfortable, and convenient alternative.
Continue reading to learn all about dental implants, including treatment benefits and what patients can expect from the procedure.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is designed to restore the function and appearance of a missing tooth. It is comprised of a titanium post, which serves as a replacement root, an abutment, and a dental crown.
These three components work together to enhance your smile, boost your confidence, improve oral health, and make basic tasks, like speaking and eating, easier and more enjoyable.
What is the Process for Dental Implants?
Prior to undergoing dental implant surgery, your dentist will create a treatment plan to maximize clinical outcome and reduce the risk of complications.
Once a plan of action has been solidified, a titanium post will be implanted in the jawbone. In the event that a patient doesn’t have sufficient or quality bone for implantation, a bone graft may be necessary.
In the coming weeks, the dental implant will integrate with the jawbone, providing a strong and secure foundation for a dental crown. The healing process can take 6-12 weeks.
Next, an abutment is attached to the implant in order to support a dental crown. The crown is customized to match your natural teeth and will be completely undetectable.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
Dental implants offer a number of unique advantages over other types of restorations, including bridges and dentures.
- Look and function most like your natural teeth
- Improve speech
- Enhance smile and facial aesthetics
- Make it easier to eat your favorite foods
- Improve oral health
- Boost self-esteem
- Are comfortable, convenient, and permanent
For additional information about dental implants, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our highly skilled and talented dental providers.