You have a single tooth or multiple teeth missing, and you are frustrated. You don’t have the attractive smile you long for, and you also are having trouble with eating your favorite foods, such as pork chops or crisp Granny Smith apples. However, with a dental implant, you not only get a tooth-restoration option that looks like a real tooth: You get a replacement tooth that acts like one, too.
Dental implants contain three essential parts. The first is a titanium screw-like device, which is called the actual implant. Your dentist will place this titanium screw in your jawbone in the area that once held your natural tooth’s root. Over time, the implant fuses with the bone and acts like the root in that it rests securely in the bone, thus providing stability for your new tooth.
The second part of a dental implant is called the abutment piece, or a connecting piece that protrudes from the gum line. The abutment is used to support the third part of a dental implant—the crown. The crown is a cap that looks like a tooth and goes on top of the abutment and titanium screw. A crown mimics your own tooth because its color, size and shape closely resemble that of your remaining natural teeth.
Dental implants are the most effective tooth-replacement option because an implant is built to last long-term. When you are missing teeth, you may experience bone loss. However, the chewing forces applied to a dental implant when you eat food actually stimulate the bone, thus promoting new bone growth.
You may use a dental implant to replace a single tooth, or your dentist could place two or more dental implants, depending on how many teeth you are missing. An implant can last a lifetime when cared for properly at home and during regular dental visits. Contact The Dental Place at 972-264-5795 today to learn whether you are a candidate for a dental implant, and enjoy the ability to both chew and smile naturally again.