What is a dental implant?
Dental implants can be surgically placed into the jawbone as part of the process to replace a missing tooth and protect your oral health. When combined with a crown or other tooth replacement, implants have a natural look and feel.
Dental implants offer a range of benefits in treating various oral health issues. They can prevent neighboring teeth from shifting, address bite problems and alleviate jaw joint discomfort. Additionally, dental implants help maintain the natural appearance of the face and preserve the surrounding tissues.
The dental implant is surgically positioned beneath the gums. It takes the form of a screw and is inserted into a small hole drilled in the jawbone to replace the missing tooth's roots. Over time, the implant bonds with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration, ensuring its permanent placement in the mouth.
The use of titanium is preferred due to its excellent biocompatibility with the human body.
By using appropriate materials, the chances of successful osseointegration and a smooth overall process are increased, while the risk of complications such as corrosion is minimized.
An extender is attached to the false tooth since the implant itself is placed entirely beneath the gumline. Called the abutment, this short screw extends at or directly over the gum line to support the tooth replacement.
The abutment can be constructed from a tooth-coloured material or metal and is usually attached after osseointegration has occurred. That said, sometimes a dentist will place a fixture, abutment and temporary restoration at the same time.
3. Tooth Replacement
After a period of three to six months following your surgery, you will visit your dentist's office to have your tooth replacement affixed. This replacement, such as a crown, bridge, or denture, will closely resemble your natural teeth in both appearance and function. It can be crafted from materials like porcelain, ceramic, or other suitable options.
The tooth replacement, along with the dental implant, will mimic the natural structure of a tooth and its roots. This means you can chew and speak normally without the need for removing or replacing false teeth.
Replace Missing Teeth to Preserve Your Oral Health
Regardless of the specific tooth replacement option chosen in consultation with your dentist, it is crucial to avoid deterioration of the jaw and gum tissues. Such deterioration can lead to complications in your oral and overall health, and the adjacent teeth may shift, potentially causing bite problems and dental misalignment.
At Dr. Tina Dorfman Family Dentist, we're here to help diagnose any oral health issues you may have and determine the right treatment plan for you. If you are missing teeth or are experiencing other issues with your oral health, schedule a dental examination and cleaning today.