How Dental Implants Work

Sep 15, 2021 | Dental Information

There are different solutions available for missing teeth, and dental implants are a great option that can help restore your beautiful smile. This would replace missing roots while supporting artificial replacement teeth, and the best part is that dental implants are very comfortable and look just like natural teeth, so you will love the results.

A dental implant is an artificial root that is made of titanium metal, and this is inserted into the jawbone so that it can replace the root of your natural tooth. An artificial replacement tooth is then attached to the implant, which acts as an anchor and holds the replacement tooth in place. Those who have healthy gums and enough bone in the jaw to hold an implant will be considered suitable candidates, and your general health must be in good condition as well. Your dentist will examine your mouth carefully and will take x-rays of your head, jaw and teeth to determine if this treatment is right for you. If it is deemed that dental implants are suitable, the procedure can begin.

Your dentist will put a dental implant into your jawbone beneath your gum tissue, and your gum tissue will then be stitched back into place. Once the tissue heals, the implant will bond with the bone and will attach to the gum. This process can take several months because it does take time to heal. Next, the second stage of surgery will take place, during which your dentist will attach an abutment to the implant. This is a post that connects the replacement tooth to the implant. Your artificial replacement tooth will be made, and the dentist will attach it to the abutment, although several appointments may be necessary to properly fit the replacement tooth properly to your abutment. Dental implants can be used to replace one missing tooth or several missing teeth because a fixed bridge will be anchored to the dental implants.

Dental implants look and act just like natural teeth because they are placed in the jawbone, and artificial replacement teeth are then attached to the implants. This means that just like your natural teeth, implants need to be cleaned, and you need to continue to brush and floss twice daily. Regular dental check-ups will also be necessary because your dentist has to monitor your mouth to ensure your bite is right. They will also make sure your implants are not loose, so you need to schedule appointments regularly.

It’s important to note that multiple visits to your dentist may be necessary to complete this treatment, and you will have to care for your implants properly. Check-ups will be scheduled for several months following your procedure to ensure your implants are working properly.

If this is something you are interested in, Slipacoff Dental can help. We will gladly discuss this treatment option in more detail, so if you’d like more information, give our clinic a call today!