Why Get Dental Implants
Why Get Dental Implants
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the gold standard in the treatment of missing teeth. If you want to restore your smile, dental functionality, and self-confidence, you may be a good candidate for dental implants.
Dental implants are tiny surgical-grade titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone under the gum surface. The bone then bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Because dental implants become part of the jawbone, they look and feel like natural teeth, allowing you to eat, talk and smile without worry.
Why get dental implants?
Implants offer several advantages over dentures, bridges or removable partial dentures.
- Look and feel more natural
- If well cared for can last a lifetime
- Easier to maintain – just brush and floss like regular teeth
- Do not damage surrounding teeth
- Can improve health by broadening the diet
- Prevent further bone loss and even strengthen the jawbone
Dental Implant Procedure
A dental implant is composed of 3 parts, the Implant, Abutment, and Crown.
The implant itself is a small titanium post that is placed into bone in area(s) of missing teeth. Once the teeth implant is placed in the bone it needs to heal. During healing, bone surrounds and attaches to the titanium post recreating a stable structure where a crown will be attached.
The abutment is the transition between the implant and the crown. Most abutments are screwed into the implant and provide a surface for the final crown to be cemented on to.
Finally, the crown (cap) is the tooth portion of the implant system that will be visible in the mouth. Once healing is complete, the next step is to place the “abutment” and take an impression. This allows a laboratory to recreate the missing tooth. After the laboratory is finished the patient returns to have the crown permanently cemented in place.
Once cemented the dental implant can be treated like a natural tooth. Daily brushing can begin at this point and regular treatment (dental cleanings & evaluations) can be scheduled as needed.
Same Day Teeth
In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.