What are dental implants?
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. Before replacing the crown, the root must first be replaced with a small dental implant.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the dental implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
ID Dental and Implant
If you’re missing any or all of your teeth, you’re not alone as millions of Americans are experiencing the same situation. While missing teeth is a very common problem, fortunately, there are several effective ways to help you regain your beautiful smile and confidence. We are experts at installing and managing dental implants. To learn more about dental implant surgery, schedule a consultation online or by phone today.