Dental implants are tiny medical devices surgically implanted into your jaw to support a denture or bridge. They serve as a support structure for artificial teeth, such as dental crowns, bridges, or dentures. This helps restore a person's ability to chew and improves their overall appearance. Dental implants are suitable for individuals with one or more missing teeth. Tooth loss may occur due to tooth root fractures and cavities. It can also result from facial injuries, gum disease, bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching), and congenitally missing teeth. Dental implants can effectively address these issues and provide a durable and natural-looking solution for tooth replacement.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium fixture that we surgically embed below the gum tissue and into the jawbone. The implant serves as the root component of a prosthesis. After a brief healing period the implant is attached to an abutment, or support structure, that links the implant to the restoration. Thanks to technological advancements implants can be used to support a single crown, a fixed bridge, or even a full-arch restoration!
The Dental Implant Process
The dental implant process begins with a consultation appointment. During your consultation, our doctors will perform a series of diagnostic tests to ensure you are a suitable candidate for implant treatment. Most patients who are healthy enough to undergo dental work will qualify. Implants do require a significant amount of bone in the jaw. If your bone is too soft or too thin, we may recommend a bone graft.
Once we determine you are a suitable candidate for dental implants, we will develop an appropriate treatment plan. most implant placements are broken up into two procedures. During the first visit, we will place the implant within the jawbone.
Over the next several months, the implant and your jawbone will fuse through the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration is largely responsible for the many benefits of dental implants, mimicking the natural relationship between tooth root and socket.
Once osseointegration is complete, we will schedule the second procedure to place the abutment. After the abutment is in place, we take an impression of the area which often can even be scanned instead of placing material in your mouth. The impression will be used by our laboratory technicians to fabricate your final restoration. Once your restoration is ready, we will permanently attach it to the implant.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer a vast range of advantages.
Dental implants are designed to closely resemble natural teeth, providing a seamless and attractive appearance. They blend in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth, giving you a natural smile.
Implants help to restore function and improve your comfort. They function like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile confidently. Dental implants eliminate the discomfort and inconvenience of removable dentures, providing a comfortable and reliable tooth replacement option.
Preserve Facial Structure
Dental implants help preserve the integrity of your jawbone and prevent bone loss, which may occur with missing teeth. Implants maintain the bone structure; thus, they support your facial features and prevent the sunken appearance often associated with tooth loss.
Dental implants do not alter or compromise the adjacent teeth, providing a standalone tooth replacement option. This helps preserve the health and integrity of your remaining natural teeth.
Our dentist at Kaiser, Rosen & Kurman Dental Associates will give you more information about dental implants. Call us today at 215-464-5600 for more inquiries.