Revolutionizing the way dental professionals treat tooth loss, dental implants are regarded as the most life-like option for replacing missing teeth. These prosthetics are permanent, non-removable, and extremely durable. In addition to completely restoring oral function after tooth loss, dental implants are biocompatible.
How closely do dental implants resemble natural teeth?
Made from a titanium rod with a texture similar to a screw, implants are surgically embedded into the jawbone. Due to the unique properties of titanium, the jawbone will naturally fuse around the implant’s post in a few months’ time. This process, clinically referred to as osseointegration, allows the implant to function like a tooth’s roots. Because the titanium post is anchored by surrounding bone mass, patients enjoy stability, and durability when chewing and biting food. Dental implants also lessen the likelihood of bone loss by preventing resorption.
Beyond replacing tooth structure below the gum line, artificial dental crowns are used to fill in the gaps of a smile. Custom made crowns are tooth-shaped prosthetics that are made to the exact measurements a patient needs to support adjacent teeth and a healthy occlusion (bite). Crowns serve as the visible portion of a lost tooth and their surface is used for eating food. They are attached via an abutment to the dental implant. For a natural look, crowns may be made from porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. Some patients, depending which teeth are missing, may benefit from metal crowns in places where more force is applied to the teeth during meals.
In addition to restoring oral function and filling in the gaps of a smile, dental implants and their crowns provide sturdy support to neighboring teeth, which prevents teeth from collapsing into empty tooth sockets.
Are other procedures sometimes necessary when receiving dental implants?
Dental implant procedures for patients may require additional treatments to help rehabilitate the entire oral health system. Before receiving implants, our oral surgeons will evaluate the health of a patient’s gums, existing teeth, and jawbones to determine if the implantation process will be successful. In some cases, patients may require bone grafts before the procedure to ensure that there is enough bone mass to support the implant.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options or request a quote for dental implant cost, contact our practice today to schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons.