Are you searching for a comfortable, durable tooth replacement option? Do you want a very natural looking prosthetic that functions closely to a biological tooth? Dental implants are a great way to address the loss of oral function and the aesthetic effects of tooth loss on one’s appearance.
Patients and dental professionals alike are raving about dental implants because these prosthetic teeth preserve oral health structures, restore oral function, and improve appearance. Moreover, implants have a very long lifespan and in some cases, can last a lifetime. Patients who have lost teeth or have a failing tooth are likely candidates for implants. Certain conditions like bone degeneration and gum disease can affect the success rate of a dental implant. Lifestyle choices such as smoking can affect implant candidacy as well.
What makes up a dental implant?
A dental implant and its prosthetic replace a tooth’s visible structure (the crown) and its roots. An implant is a small textured post that resembles a screw. Made from titanium, an implant is biocompatible with the body. This is because bone is able to fuse and integrate with titanium as if it were natural, mineralized structure.
Our dentist will surgically embed the implant into the jaw, where it will eventually be stabilized by bone. Once the implant is stable, a permanent crown is attached to an abutment on the implant. A crown is a tooth-shaped prosthetic that is custom made for each patient. Crowns are designed so that they fit perfectly between teeth. Once the crown is attached to the implant, a patient can enjoy life as they would with a natural tooth.
How does one care for dental implants?
Compared to other prosthetics like bridges and dentures, implants are relatively low maintenance. Patients with implants will floss and brush their teeth and prosthetics as normal. Flossing and brushing is important to keep the mouth clean and the gums healthy. Those with implants should also visit the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings to ensure that common conditions like gum disease are not affecting the stability of the implant.
To schedule a tooth replacement consultation, contact the office of Dr. Eric Smith at 940-321-2340 today.