As one of the most viable ways to replace missing teeth, dental implants are life-like and long lasting. Unlike bridges or dentures, dental implants replace both a tooth’s roots and a tooth’s biting surface. Consisting of two components, a titanium rod that is implanted into the jawbone where a tooth once was and a manmade crown that fills in the empty tooth socket, implants can last for decades with proper care. Implants permanently replace teeth and are made from materials that closely mimic the natural structure of teeth so that patients can enjoy optimal oral function without compromising the support of surrounding teeth.
Before receiving implants, our dentist will determine a patient’s candidacy for this procedure. The success of the dental implant relies on a number of factors including the patient’s ability to maintain good oral hygiene and enough bone mass to support the titanium rod. Patients undergoing the implantation procedure should also be healthy enough for oral surgery and post-operative recovery.
Once our dentist has determined if a patient is a candidate for implants, the titanium rod will be surgically placed into the jawbone. After this part of the implantation process, patients will undergo a recovery period. During this time, the bone’s reaction to the implant will be monitored.
Successful implantation involves the bone mass fusing around the implant just as bone fuses to a tooth’s roots. This process firmly supports and anchors the rod in place. Once bone has properly fused around the implant, the manmade crown, which is crafted to exact measurements in a dental laboratory, will be attached to the rod so that patients can enjoy renewed tooth function.
Although dental implants are durable, their success rate depends on a patient maintaining good oral health through regular checkups, cleanings, and proper oral hygiene. Patients should meticulously brush and floss their implants along with their natural teeth and visit our office regularly for checkups.
To reserve a dental implant consultation, contact The Dental Place at 972-264-5795 today.