When it comes to replacing lost teeth, dental implants offer patients restored tooth function and closely resemble the appearance of natural teeth. Implant dentistry has become increasingly popular among patients in need of replacement teeth especially when compared to prosthetics such as bridges and dentures. Placed by a periodontist, dental implants can last for decades.
When it comes to replacing lost teeth, dental implants offer patients restored tooth function and closely resemble the appearance of natural teeth.
A dental implant has two parts. The first part of the implant is a titanium rod that will act as a tooth’s root. The rod is implanted into a patient’s jawbone. Titanium is used because it is ideal for the process of osseointegration, where the jawbone fuses to the rod over time, firmly anchoring the implant in place.
The second component of a dental implant is a custom-made crown crafted by dental technicians in a laboratory to exact specifications determined by your periodiontist. For patients wanting the most natural-looking replacement tooth, crowns crafted from high quality porcelain best resemble the appearance of teeth because they match a tooth’s color and slight translucency. Porcelain crowns are practically undetectable as prosthetic to others. Once the crown is made, it is attached to an abutment on the titanium rod and fills the empty tooth socket. Because implants are durable and biocompatible, these replacement teeth can withstand the pressure and force of biting and chewing. Unlike dentures, which may slide and slip in the patient’s mouth, implants are not removable, therefore providing stability.
Just like natural teeth, patients will continue their oral hygiene regimen as normal. Implants should be brushed and flossed the same way as natural teeth. Implant dentistry is ideal for patients missing one or more teeth and those that possess healthy jawbone density and good overall health. While implants are not right for every patient, our periodontist will help you determine the best method to replace missing teeth.
To learn if dental implants are right for you, contact Park Cities Periodontics & Implant Dentistry to reserve a one-on-one consultation with our periodontist. Call 214-949-1836 today.