Dental implants have become a very effective way to replace any of your missing teeth that have been lost due to injury, decay, or disease. Essentially, dental implants are small metalposts—usually made of titanium—that are surgically inserted into the upper or lower jaw, where they serve as are placement for the natural tooth’s root, and an anchor for artificial, replacement teeth.
Dental Implant Process
After the dental implant has been placed, there is a healing period that takes place in which the dental implant bonds with the jawbone while the gums heal. A temporary crown will be placed on the site to protect it as it heals while allowing you to continue to speak and eat normally. During a secondary procedure, the dentist will attach a special, customized dental crown over the dental implant that matches the shade and shape of your natural teeth, allowing it to blend in with the rest of your smile. If more than one tooth is being replaced, a customized bridge or set of dentures may be created to fit your mouth and dental implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are now a popular cosmetic solution for missing teeth for many reasons besides drastically improving your smile and teeth function. For one, dental implants are a more permanent solution that can replace natural teeth compared to other cosmetic options. Because dental implants are placed into the jaw, they have the ability to bond with your existing bone in a process called osseointegration, providing a more stable foundation for a replacement tooth. In addition, dental implants eliminate the need for often uncomfortable, removable appliances such as bridges or dentures.
If you’re interested in improving your smile with dental implants, give our Town Square Dental office a call for a consultation today!