Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone to replace the roots of missing teeth. The posts create an artificial tooth root, which improves stability for bridges and dentures and allows for a stronger bite force. Once the posts are implanted in the jaw, crowns will be created to cap each post and create a natural-looking tooth. In most cases, dental implants are the ideal restoration for a missing tooth because they offer superior benefits over dentures and bridges.
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
The implant procedure is done in two stages. The first stage is the surgical implantation of the titanium post into the jaw bone. Once the post has integrated into the bone, the second stage begins. Your implant dentist will uncover the implants and attach small posts that protrude through the gums and will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months to complete. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life. Once complete, the implant will feel natural and function just like your natural teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Implants are made from biocompatible materials that naturally fuse with bone and tissue in a process called osseointegration. After the dental implant has bonded to the jawbone, a crown is attached to the implant post to create a natural-looking, fully functional smile. The implant helps prevent future bone loss by preserving the health of existing teeth and stimulating the jawbone through pressure from the bite.
Because dental implants take the place of both a tooth’s root and crown, they offer a long-term solution for missing teeth. Because they are rooted in the bone, dental implants provide unmatched stability for replacing a single missing tooth or an entire row of missing teeth.
Many patients also find that dental implants help them maintain better oral health. Unlike traditional bridges or dentures, which rest atop the gums, dental implants are attached directly to the jawbone. This not only provides a more comfortable fit and a more natural look than traditional restorations but also stimulates the jawbone and prevents deterioration of the jaw structure. This can prevent further tooth loss and keep remaining teeth from shifting out of place over time. Here are the major benefits offered by dental implants:
- improves your oral health with natural-looking results
- restores your chewing ability so you can eat the foods you love again
- helps maintain jawbone strength
- permanently replaces missing teeth
- prevents further tooth loss
- one treatment, multiple restorations
- long-lasting dental implant restorations that are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth
- increased self-esteem
- improved speech
- comfortable teeth replacement that functions like a natural tooth
- requires less maintenance than traditional dentures
- provides more stability than removable dentures
Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?
Patients with good oral health are the ideal candidates for dental implants. Patients should have enough healthy bone structure to support the implant and a strong enough immune system to be able to properly heal from the surgery. If you do not have enough bone structure to support this fusion process, you may require bone grafting surgery first before you can be considered a viable dental implant candidate.
For more help deciding whether you are a good candidate for dental implants, contact our dentist to schedule a consultation today! To find out more about the dental services offered at Allisonville Dental Centre, call (317)-547-5766 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 2811 E 46th St, Indianapolis 46205.