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Dental implants are artificial tooth roots surgically placed into the jaw to support restorations such as dental crowns. Once dental implants are placed, patients may need to wait several months for the treatment site to heal and for the implant to fuse to the bone. Once the implant has successfully connected with the jawbone, patients can move forward with their restoration.
At Smiles by Design, a dental implant is a small titanium screw placed into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. The implant replaces the natural root of the tooth and provides a sturdy foundation for the replacement tooth or teeth that will be later attached. When the jawbone heals around the implant, it fuses to the implant through a process known as osseointegration. Osseointegration is necessary for dental implants to function correctly and provide stable support for restorations. It also ensures that the implant is strong enough to withstand the pressures created during biting and chewing. After osseointegration, the implant is ready to support a replacement tooth.
The endosteal implant is placed into your jawbone during minor surgery. While the implant heals, which can take several months, the screw keeps the bone and tissue in place. Once the bone has healed around the edge of the implant, your dentist will attach a post to the screw. The post will hold your new tooth in place.
These dental implants are implanted in the jawbone and protrude through the gums. They are often held in place with a metal framework called an abutment. With subperiosteal implants, the implants won’t show when you smile or speak, making them a good choice for patients who want a natural-looking restoration.
When a tooth is removed, the jawbone can shrink in size over time, making it more challenging to eat and speak normally. Dental implants are small posts that replace the roots of missing teeth and provide support for crowns, bridges, and dentures. This small structure helps to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss in the jaw. This improvement in your oral health can also improve the appearance of your face by giving your cheeks more support.
Your smile and facial appearance can be negatively affected by missing or damaged teeth, but dental implants can help restore your beautiful smile to its full potential. The dental implant is a replacement tooth root and supports restorations like bridges and dentures.
Dental implants are permanently attached to the jaw with titanium screws and look and feel just like natural teeth. They can last for several decades with the proper care and regular checkups at your dentist’s office.