If you have one or more missing teeth, you may be wondering how dental implants work. Dental implants are a great option to consider as a tooth replacement that will provide you with a functional, attractive, and durable smile for many years. First, you may want to know what you can expect during this process.
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Before you receive your dental implants, you must meet with an implant dentist that can tell you if a dental implant is the right tooth replacement option for you. Your teeth and gums must be in a healthy condition in order for dental implants to work correctly. If you have extensive oral tissue damage due to gum disease, you may not be eligible for dental implants. If your mouth is otherwise healthy, you should qualify for the implant procedure.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are an alternative tooth replacement option that can be used instead of dentures and dental bridges or in conjunction with the two. Many patients prefer dental implants to other tooth replacements because they are typically as strong as your original teeth and more permanent than dentures and dental bridges. A dental implant is a prosthetic, titanium tooth root that will be placed into your jawbone. In time, the biocompatible metal will osseointegrate with your bone and tissues so that it becomes the longest-lasting replacement option available.
After the titanium post is implanted and it becomes fused with your jawbone, a prosthetic tooth will be screwed on top of the implant post via an abutment post. Once the custom-created artificial tooth is strongly adhered to the dental implant post, your dental implant will be in working condition. If you are missing more than one tooth, a dental implant is a great option to consider because it can act as a steady base for a dental bridge or dentures that will add more chewing surface to a weaker dental structure.
After your dental implants are placed, you will be able to use them just like you used your natural teeth. They should also be cared for by brushing and flossing regularly. You will be able to chew the foods you love and smile without hesitation again. Dental implants can also help your facial structure remain shapely and attractive.
To learn more about how you can receive dental implants that will improve your dental structure and smile, contact us.