Dental implants are one of the most significant advances in modern dentistry. Instead of having to go around with one or more missing teeth, you can instead have them permanently replaced with a dental prosthetic that looks and feels like a natural tooth. Dental implants are custom-made for each patient in a dental lab. They’re designed to enable you to eat your usual foods and restore your smile.
How Dental Implants Work
A dental implant is a thin, tapered post made of titanium that your dentist will surgically place into your jaw. While your jaw heals, it will grow new bone cells that will wrap around the post, securing it in place. Once your implant is fully integrated into your jaw, a small abutment is placed onto the post, enabling an artificial tooth crown to be placed. An abutment can also be used for connecting a bridge or denture.
Dental Implant Candidates
You may qualify for the dental implant surgery if you’re in good health. You should also have enough bone mass to support the implant and a fully grown jaw. For women, jawbone growth is complete at the age of 16, and for men, the jaw is done growing at about age 18.
Advantages of Getting a Dental Implant
A dental implant is a safe and efficient way to replace a missing tooth. It will keep your other teeth in the correct locations in your upper or lower jaw. If you’re missing several or even all your teeth, more than one post can be implanted in order to support a fixed bridge or permanent denture.
Call the office of Barbara Mallonee, DDS for high-quality dental implants and friendly, compassionate service.