Dental Implants are artificial tooth roots that are made of titanium screws. These screws are surgically placed into your jawbone. The dental implant is made up of two parts: a root form and a crown. These are becoming increasingly popular as a means of replacing missing teeth, because they look and function just like your own natural teeth. Not only will no one else be able to tell you don’t have your tooth anymore, you won’t be able to tell. You can do anything with a dental implant that you can with a natural tooth. There are no food restrictions.
How dental implants work
The root form is a titanium screw that is surgically placed in your jaw. After the surgery there is a required healing time. During the healing process the bone grows around the implant. This invaluable process is called osseointegration and helps to secure the implant. Once that happens, the screw functions similarly to a tooth root. After the healing process is completed a crown is placed on top of the implant to function as your new tooth. This crown will be made to match your existing teeth in both color and appearance.
Advantages of dental implants
- They look and function just like your natural teeth
- They are much stronger and more durable than dentures-both full and partial
- They are a permanent solution
- They prevent facial collapse
How do dental implants prevent facial collapse?
The human body is amazing in its design and function. Nothing is wasted. For instance, when your teeth are extracted, your body begins re-absorbing the minerals from your jawbone into your body to use elsewhere, because they are no longer needed to support the roots of your teeth. Because of that, after about 10-20 years, much of your jawbone will have been eliminated. This results in a squashed up appearance of your face. It also makes wearing dentures extremely difficult. When you have dental implants placed in your jawbone, your body interprets this as a tooth root and leaves your jawbone intact.
If you would like to see if you are a candidate for dental implants, you may call our office to set an appointment.