When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants provide a stable, durable replacement for lost teeth. Placed by an oral surgeon, implants address the loss of all parts of a tooth by replacing both the tooth’s roots and the tooth’s crown. Because dental implants contain biocompatible materials that are capable of withstanding everyday oral function, the lifespan of a dental implant is far longer than other means of replacing teeth such as full and partial dentures.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is made from the durable metal titanium. With a roughened texture, a dental implant resembles the appearance of a small screw. Once surgically placed into the jawbone, the implant will ultimately function as a tooth’s roots. Over time, through a natural process called osseointegration, the jawbone will permanently fuse to the titanium implant. This process allows the implant to provide long-lasting stability and durability for patients in need of replacement teeth. [pullquote]Because dental implants contain biocompatible materials that are capable of withstanding everyday oral function, the lifespan of a dental implant is far longer than other means of replacing teeth such as full and partial dentures.[/pullquote]
After the bone has fused around the implant, an artificial crown, made in a dental laboratory, will be attached to the rod to fill in the empty tooth socket. The crown, which is visible above the gum line, will provide a stable biting surface so patients can eat even difficult-to-chew foods. Crowns, like implants, are made from durable materials as well that offer the strength and stability of natural teeth. Common materials include porcelain and metals. Because of the materials used in these replacement teeth, dental implants last for decades. In some cases, they may even last a lifetime.
I am interested in dental implants, what should I do next?
If you feel that dental implants may be right for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our oral surgeon. At your consultation, our team will determine if you have sufficient jawbone to support the implant while also determining if you have any oral health conditions such as gum disease that may compromise implant stability.
To reserve your appointment, contact our office at 817-552-3223 today.