What Are Dental Implants?

Posted on: September 2, 2015

Dental ImplantsAs a local implant dentist, we use dental implants as a secure way to replace missing teeth. We understand there are multiple ways of doing so. Some people prefer dentures as a non-invasive, non-surgical solution while others prefer a dental bridge due to the stability it provides. While both solutions can be effective, nothing compares with the strength and stability provided by implants.

Why are implants so secure?

It all comes down to science. There are three main components to traditional dental implants: the titanium post, an abutment, and a dental crown. The titanium post is implanted under the gums and secured to the jawbone. Titanium is what makes the process so unique. The body treats titanium like it would naturally-occurring matter. As a result, when we secure the post to your jawbone, the process of osseointegration takes place. This is where the metal and bone fuse together to create a synthetic root system. As a result, the implant derives strength from the jawbone, and the jawbone receives much-needed stimulation from the implant. Both are necessary for the long-term health of your mouth.

The process of osseointegration takes a couple of months to complete, so this is not an overnight solution. As an implant dentist office, we are skilled in placing implants and will ensure that your healing and recovery time is as short as possible. While your gums will feel better after a few days, osseointegration will continue to take place virtually unnoticed. Once complete, you will return to our office so we can secure abutments to your dental implants at the surface of your gums. Your new teeth (dental crowns) will then be attached. As a result, your new teeth will be entirely secure and durable.

The benefits of dental implants:

As an implant dentist, we encourage patients to let us know about their lifestyle. This is an important factor in determining which type of tooth replacement solution you should explore. Dental implants have many benefits for those who have an active lifestyle. Since implants are as secure as natural teeth, there are no restrictions on what food you can eat.  There are also no restrictions on the activities that you can engage in. If you ran marathons before, you can do so again without worrying about your teeth becoming loose. If you spend your weekends tracking down the best ribs to eat, you can do so again and your teeth will stand up to it. You can even sing in the choir at church without ever thinking about your teeth becoming loose. These are benefits you simply do not have with dentures. While dentures are a dependable solution, you have to think about how your activities or food choices will impact them. With dental implants, all you need to do is be responsible with your choices, brush two to three times per day, floss daily, and visit us for regular teeth cleanings. As a result, you can fully enjoy all that life has to offer.

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