Losing teeth is very difficult. With an incomplete smile, people suffer with daily functions. Eating comfortably becomes more difficult and properly enunciating words is distressing. Fortunately, modern prosthetic teeth closely mimic the way a natural tooth appears and functions. Dental implants have become the most popular way to replace lost teeth because they fully restore oral function and feel incredibly lifelike. When compared to formerly common prosthetics like bridges or dentures, a tooth implant is unique in its construction because it replaces more than just the visible structure of teeth.
What is a tooth implant exactly?
A dental implant is a permanent prosthetic that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. The first part of an implant is a titanium post with screw-like ridges. The post, once fully integrated with bone tissue, will serve as a sturdy base for a prosthetic by replacing the roots of a tooth. Titanium is a special metal because it is biocompatible with the body. This means that bone will fuse to and integrate with the titanium post to secure it permanently in place. Once the post is stable in the jaw, a permanent crown is attached. A crown is a prosthetic that is shaped like a tooth. It can be constructed from very natural looking materials like porcelain or durable metals.
How do I take care of dental implants?
Long-term care for an implant is very similar to caring for natural teeth. Implants are brushed and flossed along with biological teeth. Patients with implants should also receive regular dental cleanings and oral examinations to ensure that the implant, biological teeth, and gums are healthy. With proper care, those with implants can expect their new teeth to last for decades.
I’m interested in implants, what should I do next?
If you have lost one or more teeth, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with our oral surgeon for a consultation. At your appointment, our team can determine if you will make a good candidate for this procedure.
Call the office of Texas Oral Surgery Specialists today to reserve a dental implants consultation.