What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is one of the most revolutionary advances in dentistry.
Imagine losing your natural tooth and wanting an option to replace it with something that is just as natural. Not only that, but imagine if it was impossible for this tooth to get a cavity!
Welcome to the world of implants!
A dental implant is, essentially, a replacement tooth. Unlike other options that are available to replace teeth, however, the dental implant actually replaces the root as well. This is a significant difference because it allows the implant to maintain your jawbone so it doesn't disappear over time like it normally does when you lose one or more teeth.
The main part of the implant is the titanium anchor that seamlessly integrates with your bone to hold the new tooth in place. Titanium is used because it is one of the most biocompatible metals on the planet; this means that there is an extremely low chance that your body would reject it.. Titanium is used in other medical applications as well, including artificial joints.
After an implant is placed
Once the implant is placed, time is allowed for it to heal and become integrated with the bone, making it a permanent part of your oral structure. This gives the implant long-term stability and security. When healing is complete, we will complete the implant with a restoration. Crowns are the most common restoration used and are ideal for replacing single teeth. If we need to replace multiple missing teeth, dental implants can be used to support a bridge or even a full denture. This gives both of these appliances improved stability and adds the bone-preservation qualities of a dental implant.
The first step is to get a consultation with an experienced team to find the best options for your needs. Give us a call today!