Dental implants are titanium posts that act as artificial tooth roots for your dental restorations. They are surgically implanted into the jawbone, like a natural tooth root. They are made from titanium, a strong, biocompatible, and bio-inactive metal. At Kirby Smiles, dental implants can replace single missing teeth or support and secure bridges, dentures, and partials. Dental implants require the same maintenance as natural teeth, including brushing and flossing.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Implant dentistry is a long-term solution to replace missing teeth. Unlike a dental bridge, dental implants do not require the alteration of teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. Dental implants are an ideal solution for a missing tooth for several reasons:
- The dental implant looks and functions like a natural tooth or dental restoration.
- Dental implants prevent jawbone deterioration. Jawbone deterioration can occur with tooth loss, and a dental implant post can help avoid this.
- A dental implant is more durable than other tooth replacement options.
The Dental Implant Process
Essentially, dental implants are precise as they sound: artificial tooth roots. The implant is made of titanium, which the body accepts as a normal body part. Over time, bone grows around the and fuses with the dental implant. This process is called osseointegration. Osseointegration allows us to place the implant without negatively affecting the surrounding teeth, as it eventually connects with the jawbone.
After the dental implant osseointegration with the jawbone, a connector called an abutment is placed over the top of the implant. The abutment is the part of the implant that protrudes above the gumline. The final part of the implant is the dental crown, which is placed on top of the abutment.
The dental implant process takes several months and sometimes requires multiple dentist appointments. However, once you receive your permanent restoration, you will be able to enjoy all the foods you love and regain the ability to speak and chew without worry.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are replacement teeth that look and feel like your natural ones. While they are not for everyone, implants are an excellent option for patients with missing teeth.
Dental implants are permanent, meaning they look and feel like natural teeth. Unlike dentures, implants do not need to be removed for cleaning or sleeping. Dental implants also do not impact the health of remaining teeth, helping to ensure that your other teeth stay healthy.
To learn more about the advantages of dental implants, contact Kirby Smiles at 3695 Kirby Dr. Suite 129, Pearland 77584, or call 281-941-5488.