What is a dental implant?
A dental implant (also known as an endosseous implant or fixture) is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture, facial prosthesis or to act as an orthodontic anchor. In simple terms, dental implants are artificial replacements for the roots of a tooth. Like tooth roots, dental implants are secured in the jawbone and are not visible once surgically placed.
Dental implants are made of titanium, which is lightweight, strong, and biocompatible, which means that it is not rejected by the body. Titanium and titanium alloys are the most widely used metals in both dental and other bone implants, such as orthopedic joint replacements. Dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.
Installing Dental Implants & Crowns
Once you and your dentist have decided that a dental implant is the best solution for you, you’ll go through the process of having the titanium implant adhered to your jaw bone. Once the titanium implant is surgically implanted into your jawbone, we provide the next stages of the procedure, including the design and fabrication of the crowns, bridgework, or dentures that attach atop the implants and are visible in your mouth. This typically occurs 2-6 months after the titanium implant is placed into your jawbone.
The implant needs time to heal and attach itself to the bone, becoming an integral part of your mouth. This part of the healing process is incredibly important because the dental implant that acts as your new tooth root will actually strengthen, stabilize, and prevent any deterioration of the bone in your jaw. During this time, you will probably receive some type of temporary tooth to cover the work until it’s fully healed. After your crown is installed, you have what basically amounts to a tooth as strong and healthy as a natural tooth.
Real Benefits of Dental Implants
One of the main uses of dental implants is to replace a lost tooth. Losing a tooth is something that leads to a loss of self-confidence and stress, as it makes one lose their natural smile. However, all hope isn’t lost due to the availability of dental implants that can serve to replace lost teeth. These implants seem just like natural teeth enabling you to bring back your natural looks. Moreover, many other benefits arise with dental implants including:
- Dental implants provide a natural look
- Dental implants provide convenience
- Dental implants don’t affect speech
- Dental implants don’t interfere with your natural teeth
- Dental implants are not prone to cavities
- Dental implants provide a reliable long-term option
If you’re in need of dental care or dental implants, Southridge Dental is here for you! Call us today to schedule an appointment. (509) 581-0081