A dental implant is a titanium post that’s surgically placed into your jawbone. Once the jaw bone heals and fuses with the implant, our dentist will connect it to a replacement tooth. Unlike dentures, an implant is a permanent restoration that looks and feels like a natural tooth. Before settling on dental implants, our dentist may recommend some alternatives, such as a bridge, partial denture, or full denture.
The bone in your jaw becomes stronger when stimulated by the roots of your teeth. However, once a tooth is removed or is lost, the bone is no longer stimulated by the roots, and as a result, the bone may weaken over time. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that stimulates the bone, just like a natural tooth, to prevent bone deterioration.
Dental implants are strong, durable, and made to last a lifetime. Since they are custom-made to fit snugly and match the color and shape of your teeth, they also restore the aesthetics of your smile perfectly.
The first step of dental implant surgery is to place the implant posts in your jaw. First, your surgeon will make an incision in your gums, exposing the bone beneath. Next, we will make tiny holes into your jawbone, where the posts will be inserted. In some cases, a temporary cap will be attached, which will protect the implant posts during the healing process.
Once your implant posts are in place, you will undergo a healing period. During this time, your jawbone will fuse with the posts, integrating them into the jaw. This process, called osseointegration, can take four to 12 months. Once the area has healed, you will return to your surgeon for the placement of your abutment and replacement teeth.
Dental implants are a long-term solution to replace missing teeth. While they are slightly more expensive than other treatment methods, their benefits make them worth every penny. Perhaps the biggest benefit of dental implants is that they are long-lasting. With proper care, implants will never need to be replaced. They are permanent and meant to last a lifetime. If you’re looking for a more permanent solution to missing teeth, dental implants may be right for you.
Dental implants should be cared for just like your natural teeth. Brush and floss twice daily and see your dentists regularly for checkups. Eating foods high in sugar and acidity can increase your chances of developing tooth decay, so you may want to limit these foods.
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